Roger Tallon ERCO Spots “Micro”
pin-spot track lighting system
Materials: Metal, black and red plastic and aluminium, painted black. Bakelite, porcelain and metal sockets.
Total Height: 38 cm / 15.74”
Height: 28 cm / 15.74”
Width: ∅ 18 cm / 7.87”
Electricity: 1 bulb E27, 1 x 150 watt maximum, 110/220 volt.
Any type of light bulb can be used, but preferably a PAR38 reflectorlamp.
Period: 1970s – Mid-Century Modern.
Designer: Roger Tallon (1929-2011) – father of the industrial design.
Manufacturer: ERCO GmbH, Lüdenscheid, Germany.
Other versions: Lamps on rail, floor lamps, table lamps, different models. Also made in white.
These lamps received the iF Design Award in 1977.
Designed in 1977 by the famous French industrial designer Roger Tallon, Born in Paris, 9 March 1929, died in Paris, 20 October 2011. He created a large amount of beautiful things, the most original watches for LIP, staircases, furniture and off course the TGV, “Train à Grande Vitesse”, the high-speed train for Europe.
Roger Tallon worked for many companies, among others: Caterpillar France, DuPont, Technés, General Electric, LIP, Air France, Bata, Peugeot, Fenwick, Kodak, Salomon Group, Fluocaril, Elf, Terraillon, ERCO and so on.
These lamps published in books:
Taschen 1000 lights Vol.2 – 1960 to present, pages 292-293.
The Complete Designers Lights II, pages 312-313.
ERCO was founded in 1934 by Arnold Reininger (1907-2003), Karl Reeber and Paul Buschhaus in Lüdenscheid, Germany and is still in family ownership. The company name ERCO represents a phonetic abbreviation of the founding name “Reininghaus & Co.“.
During the early years, ERCO produced parts for lamps. In particular a spring-supported retracting mechanism for hanging lights, as you can see with this pendant lamp.
In the 1930s the industrial production of complete luminaires was started. After the Second World War Arnold Reininger and Karl Reeber continued the company, co-founder Paul Buschhaus had died in the war.
Famous designers that worked for the ERCO company are Alois Ferdinand Gangkofner, Roger Tallon, Ettore Sottsass, Emilio Ambasz, Shiro Kuramata, Giancarlo Piretti, Dieter Witte, Yves Béhar, Knud Holscher, Franco Clivio, Naoto Fukasawa and many others.
The company was awarded many times thanks to these great artists and the vision of the ERCO company. ERCO received 88 iF Design Awards.
Links (external links open in a new window)
Roger Tallon on Wikipedia
Wikipedia about ERCO GmbH (in German)
ERCO – The company website
SNCF – website of the traincompany
Short bio about Roger Tallon on the website of the Vitra Design Museum
Roger Tallon at the MoMA Museum
Roger Tallon on Youtube
iF Design awards in 1977 – model 33 212
iF Design awards in 1977 – model 33 732
All iF Design Awards for ERCO
Elsevier on Wikipedia