Staff Bubble Glass Flush Mount Or Wall Lamp
Materials: White plastic round ceiling mount. White painted Bakelite E27 sockets. Embossed aluminium reflector. Porcelain terminal block. Big round crystal bubble glass lampshade.
Height: 10 cm / 3.93”
Width: ∅ 38 cm / 14.96”
Electricity: 3 x E27 bulbs, 3 x 60 watt maximum, 110/220 volt.
Any type of light bulbs can be used. Not a specific one preferred.
Period: 1960s – 1980s – Mid-Century Modern.
Designer: The internal design team of Staff.
Manufacturer: Staff & Schwarz Leuchtenwerke GMBH, Lemgo, Germany.
Other versions: This Staff bubble glass flush mount was made in several sizes and many forms. Made as a pendent lamp, a combined pendant lamp, table lamps, flush mounts and others. Also made quadrangular. A nice example of a pendant chandelier with similar glass parts as this flush mount or wall lamp can be found here on Vintageinfo. The biggest version of this flush mount is ∅ 50 cm / 19.68”. This flush mount is a version of the late 70s, early 80s. Earlier versions have a metal ceiling mount.
Model number: 7006/7016/7056
Often attributed to Helena Tynell, but here bubble lamps are different. She designed bubble lamps for Glashütte Limburg in the 1960s, another famous German light company. More info about those lamps can be found here on Vintageinfo.
These lamps were made for a very long time, they were a big success. They were produced from the 1960s until the 1980s with some slight variations. Several bubble lamps from Staff are on display here on Vintageinfo.
Staff Leuchten – Staff & Schwarz Leuchtenwerk (lighting plant) – was established by Alfred Staff and Otto Schwarz in Lemgo, (West) Germany in 1945.
Their business started as a shop for consumer goods in wood and metal as well as pesticide for controlling the Colorado potato beetle, a huge problem at that time.
Within a year they the company expanded with 15 employees and they produced the first wrought iron luminaires. Over the next three decades, Staff was to develop into a world leader in design excellence, receiving over 200 awards for their achievements.
Staff also collaborated with the Italian company Stilnovo. They published a joint catalogue in the 1970s. The Dutch Raak and the Danish Lyfa sold several lamps in the 60s and 70s. Several other companies did.
In 1994 Zumtobel bought the company.
This flush mount or wall lamp has won an iF-design award in 1967. It can be found here on the iF-design website: model 7006
Links (external links open in a new window)
60 Years of Light from Lemgo – Zumtobel plant celebrates historic milestones
Oyster wall lamp – Dieter Witte
Cross Oyster wall lamp – Rolf Krüger
Motoko Ishii globe flush mount