Red Mushroom Desk Lamp
Materials: Red painted metal (iron) base with a built-in switch. Cast iron counterweight inside the base. Conical red painted metal rod. Red painted aluminium mushroom lampshade with a round brass top. Some metal parts. Two white Bakelite E27 sockets.
Height: 47 cm / 18.50”
Width: 35 cm / 13.77”
Base: ∅ 14,5 cm / 5.70”
Electricity: 2 bulbs E27, 2 x 60 watt maximum, 110/220 volt.
Any type of light bulb can be used, not a specific one preferred.
Period: 1960s – Mid-Century Modern.
Designer: To be appraised.
Manufacturer: Massive, Mortsel, Kontich and Wommelgem, Belgium.
Other versions: This red mushroom desk lamp was made in several colours. It is model 12765.
Often attributed to Louis Kalff and Philips but it is not, of course.
Massive was in origin a bronze foundry and they produced mainly candlesticks, crucifixes and chandeliers in Wilrijk near Antwerp, Belgium. The company was founded in 1926 by Pieter-Jozef De Jaeck. His son Eddy De Jaeck was responsible for the huge expansion of the company in the 1970s. But it were his sons, Piet and Jan De Jaeck who made Massive a true multinational. Thus, they moved production to Eastern Europe and China.
In the 1980s Massive became the leading brand in Europe. In 2002, the brothers left the company to the investment fund CVC Capital Partners, for allegedly more than 250 million euros. Since 2008 the company is owned by Philips and the name of the shops is changed into Light Gallery.
When the takeover by Philips was announced in November 2006 Massive commercialised more than 10.000 lighting products under brand names such as Massive, TRIO and Lirio. The group had about 5.000 employees worldwide and was active in 70 countries. Massive sold many lamps from other companies, To many to name them. Almost every company sold lamps made by others.
Red Mushroom Desk Lamp – Catalogue Picture
Many thanks to Frank from Flowermountain.be for the photos and the enthusiasm.
Many thanks to Bart for the catalogue picture!