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Solken-Leuchten Mushroom Desk Lamp

Materials: Brass round base. Thick brass rod. Aluminium mushroom/UFO style lampshade. Painted black on the outside, white on the inside. Two metal sockets.

Height: 60 cm / 23.62”

Lampshade: ∅ 44 cm / 17.32”

Base:  22 cm / 8.66”

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: 1970s – Mid-Century Modern.

Designer: To be appraised.

Manufacturer: Sölken-Leuchten, Arnsberg, Germany.

Other versions: This Solken-Leuchten mushroom desk lamp was made in several colours.

This table lamp has many similarities with the Hillebrand desk lamps and is often confused. The Hillebrand lamps also have this thick brass continuous rod and similar lampshade. The Solken-Leuchten lamp uses 2 lamp sockets, Hillebrand lamps always have 3.


Josef Sölken GmbH & Co. KG Leuchtenfabrik was founded in january 1950 as a family business. Over the years they produced and sold many lamps. Many of them were also sold by Massive from Belgium. The company Sölken was declared bankrupt in 2001, it had been in trouble for some time.

The Briloner lighting company owned by the Hustadt family has taken over the high-voltage system and in the low-cost Soelken systems compatible systems. The rest of the company was acquired by S-Leuchten Verwaltungs GmbH, also from Arnsberg. Today Sölken-Leuchten is owned by Stefan Schrader from Lichtservice Schrader in Hamburg.