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Philips Tobrouk Table Lamp


Materials: Opal crystal glass, brass, plastic or Bakelite socket.

Height: 27 cm / 10.62”

Width: ∅ 17,5 cm / 6.88”

Base: ∅ 10,5 cm – 4.13”

Electricity: 1 bulb E27, 1 x 60 watt maximum, 110/220 volt.
Any type of light bulb can be used, but preferably a small one. 

Period: 1960s – Mid-Century Modern.

Designer: Jean-Paul Emonds-Alt (1928 – 2014)

Manufacturer: Philips, Turnhout, Belgium.

Other versions: Made in several colours and two versions. The version of  38 cm (14.96”) high is made with two lights, one in the base and one in the top of the lamp. Later in the 1970s they also made a light with a fluorescent light bulb. This table light was designed in the early 1960s and made for many years.

Jean-Paul Emonds-Alt was a Belgian designer, sculptor, and painter born in Etterbeek near Brussels in 1928 and died on 13 August 2014. He studied sculpture at the National School of Architecture and Decorative Arts (Ter Kameren – La Cambre) in Brussels, in the studio of Oscar Jespers, of which he later became assistant.

From 1964 onwards he devoted himself mainly to design, focusing on the shape of industrial products such as this table lamp he designed for PhilipsHe has been repeatedly honored for his work.

Jean-Paul Emonds-Alt also designed the Tahiti table lamp for Philips, a similar lamp also completely made of glass.

Tobrouk (Tobruk) is a port city on Libya’s eastern Mediterranean coast, near the border of Egypt.

Koninklijke Philips N.V.

Inspired by the fast-growing electricity industry and the promising results of Gerard Philips own experiments to make reliable carbon filaments, Frederik Philips (his father) financed the purchase of a modest factory in Eindhoven, The Netherlands in 1891.  Frederik Philips was a Jewish banker based in Zaltbommel.

In 1895, after difficult first four years and near bankruptcy, Anton Philips joined the company. He was Gerard’s younger brother. With Anton’s arrival, the family business began to expand rapidly. The brothers changed their family business by founding the Philips corporation. They laid the foundations for the later electronics multinational.

In 1930 the first shaver of the Philips company was introduced and was simply called “The Philishave”.

A day before the German invasion in the Netherlands on 9 Mai 1940, the Philips family fled to the United States of America, taking a large amount of the company capital with them. Operating from the US as the North American Philips Company, they managed to run the company throughout the war. After World War II the company was moved back to the Netherlands, with their headquarters in Eindhoven.


Links (external links open in a new window)

The complete history of the company on the Philips website 

Philips on Wikipedia

The Evoluon building on Wikipedia

Website of the Philips Museum in Eindhoven

Tobrouk (Tobruk) on Wikipedia

Other Philips lights on Vintageinfo