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Staff Cobra Desk Lamp

Materials: Flat black metal base. Black plastic flexible with a metal gooseneck inside. Black plastic and aluminium lampshade. White painted Bakelite E14 socket.

Lampshade: 18 cm / 7.08”

Height: 57 cm / 24.40”

Width: ∅ 22 cm / 7.87”

Electricity: 1 bulb E14, 1 x 40 watt maximum, 110/220 volt.
Any type of light bulb can be used, not a specific one preferred.

Period: 1970s, 1980s – Mid-Century Modern.

Designer: Masayuki Kurokawa.

Manufacturer: Staff & Schwarz Leuchtenwerke GMBH, Lemgo, Germany. Yamagiwa Corporation, Japan.

Other versions: This Staff Cobra desk lamp exists in a few variations and colours.

The Staff Cobra desk lamp received an iF Design Award in 1977.

Masayuki Kurokawa

Masayuki Kurokawa, born 1937 in Nagoya, Japan is an architect and product designer. Kurokawa is known as the Leonardo da Vinci from Tokyo. A godfather figure who initiated a new era of architecture and industrial moulding design in Japan.

He established Kurokawa Masayuki Architect Studio in 1967. Butsugaku Research Institute in 1998 and Designtope Co. Ltd. in 2001. Designtope supports the creative activities of designers.

He was a guest professor on several universities in Japan and ChinaMasayuki Kurokawa is awarded many times for his designs.

Yamagiwa Corporation

The Yamagiwa corporation was founded in 1923 by Hirofumi Yamagiwa (1900-1947). Yamagiwa is the leading Japanese lighting manufacturer. The company also sells lighting from several lamp producers from around the globe. Among others: FLOS, Frank Lloyd Wright, Louis Poulsen, Artemide, Hans-Agne Jakobsson, Le Klint, Anglepoise, Tom Dixon and many more. Yamagiwa is part of Maruwa Co., Ltd.

The company produced many lamps for Staff. Among others the lamps designed by Kazuo Motozawa and Motoko Ishii.