Solbergs Fabrikker 1950s Desk Lamp
Materials: Black painted aluminium lampshade, white painted inside. Brass gooseneck, brass rod. Black painted cast iron base. Black painted iron cover (for the switch). Bakelite B22 socket.
Height: 38 cm / 14.96” (adjustable goose neck)
Lampshade: ∅ 18 cm / 7.08”
Base: ∅ 16,5 cm / 6.49”
Electricity: 1 bulb B22, 1 x 60 watt maximum, 110/220 volt.
Any type of light bulb can be used, not a specific one preferred. A small round light bulb was used for this setup. A normal bulb is to big for this lamp.
Period: 1950s – Mid-Century Modern.
Designer: To be appraised.
Manufacturer: Solberg Fabrikker, Norway.
Other versions: Made in several colours: red, white, black, yellow, blue and probably a few others. Also made with a brass decoration on the base, as you can see below. They were also produced as wall lamps. This lamp is model 6003.
Not much information to be found about the company. It must be long gone. Solberg is a common name in Norway. You will find different companies with that family name. The first minister of Norway (2018) is also called Solberg.
This lamp is on display in the Norwegian Nasjonalmuseet, the National Museum of Art, Architecture and Design. It houses many paintings by Edvard Munch, amongst them several versions of “The Scream”. The museum is located in the capital Oslo. According to the museum this lamp with a diabolo lampshade was made in the mid 1950s.
Diabolo is the name given to the shape of the lampshade. The diabolo lampshades were very popular in the 1950s. You can find several examples on Vintageinfo.
The diabolo, some yo-yo, has it’s origin in China. It’s a double-coned bobbin that can be twirled, tossed, and caught on a string secured by two sticks, one held in each hand. The first diabolo’s were made of bamboo and they made some whistlingsound.
In the eighteenth century, the diabolo became known in England and France. The term “diabolo” was made up by French engineer Gustave Phillippart, who developed the modern diabolo in the early twentieth century and he was re-released. Since then, he has been widespread.