Staff Cross Oyster Wall Lamp or Flush Mount
Materials: White painted metal (iron). Magnets. Some metal parts, Bakelite E27 sockets.
Height: 62 cm / 24.40”
Width: 62 cm / 24.40”
Electricity: 4 bulbs E27, 4 x 75 watt maximum, 110/220 volt.
Any type of light bulb can be used, not a specific one preferred.
Period: 1960s, 1970s – Mid-Century Modern.
Designer: Rolf Krüger in 1968.
Manufacturer: Staff & Schwarz Leuchtenwerk GMBH, Lemgo, Germany.
Model number: A247. Later the number 7398 was used. The metal frame could be ordered separately and has number 82099.
Other versions: The Staff Cross Oyster wall lamp exists in copper and silver. Other colours were also available. The name of this lamp is Kreuzaustern, Cross Oyster in English.
Rolf Krüger designed several other beautiful lamps for the company, a chrome tube flush mount can be found over here.
A re-edition of the Kreuzaustern wall lamp is planned. It is available from 2020.
The wall lamp designed by Dieter Witte in 1963 is named Auster or Oyster.
The lampshade is connected with magnets, it can easily removed to replace the light bulbs.
The Kreuzaustern wall lamp received the iF Design Award 1968, the Rosenthal-Studio-Preis 1968 and the LGA-Zentrum Form in 1968.
The Auster wall lamp of Dieter Witte was awarded in 1963 with the Guten Indstrieform award (Good industrial form).
The black wall lamp on this page is designed by Klaus Link. It was produced by Heinz Neuhaus Leuchten. Also Solken-Leuchten made their version of this type of wall lamps.
Staff also produced the Kreuzaustern lamps for other companies. The Cross Oyster lamp appears in the Danish Lyfa catalogue in 1972 and has the name Hannover.
Rolf Krüger is a graduate designer. From 1959 until 1960 he studied free and applied art at the Heinrich Zernack School in Berlin. In the period 1960-1964 Krüger went to the Meisterschule für das Kunsthandwerk (master school for the arts and crafts), the Staatliche Werkkunstschule, today named UdK, were he studied graphic and product design.
From 1965 until 1982 he was executive officer in the product and fair design in the field of home lighting.
Since 1983 Rolf Krüger is a freelancer in product design in glass, metal, plastic, concrete and large-scale murals.
Rolf Krüger was awarded numerous times:
Design awards 1967-1993
The Gute Industrieform Hannover
LGA Center Form Stuttgart
1st Rosenthal Studio Prize
If- Design Award Hannover
Federal Award Good Form
Museum of Modern Art
Design Innovations NRW, Design Center
“Designed in Germany”: Tokyo, Los Angeles, New York, Montreal, Boston
Design Plus, Frankfurt Trade Fair Ambiente
ARD / WDR report: Rolf Krüger glass design
1994 Surface Form Product: Sauerland Museum
1995 Painting and glass design: Rathaus Arnsberg
2004 pictures: Sculpture barn Varel
2005 Co-founder of the Arnsberg Design Forum
2008 Art Summer Arnsberg: Fantastic benches, 1st prize
2013 Ede Sörensen Foundation, Husum: Benches from drainpipes
Product selection by museums
2016 Landesmuseum Schleswig-Holstein, Schloss Gottorf Schleswig
2017 Museum Kunstpalast Dusseldorf
2018 New Collection, Design Museum Munich
2018 Kunstgewerbemuseum of the Staatliche Museen zu Berlin
Dieter Witte (1937-2008)
Dieter Witte went to school at the Kunstgewerbeschule Hannover (School of Applied Arts) in the German city Hanover. He has been working as a freelance lamp designer since 1966 for different industrial companies, including Osram, Erco and Staff. Many of his projects are design classics.
Links (external links open in a new window)
Staff – Staff & Schwarz Leuchtenwerk (lighting plant) – was established by Alfred Staff and Otto Schwarz in Lemgo, West Germany in 1945. In 1994 Zumtobel bought the company.
History of the company can be found here: 60 Years of Light from Lemgo – Zumtobel plant celebrates historic milestones
iF Design Award in 1968
Article about the new edition in the German newspaper Westfalen Post
Ballon (2018) – Wikipedia – in German
Ballon (2018) – IMDb
Designer: Rolf Krüger – All the lamps he designed for Staff
Chrome tube flush mount – Rolf Krüger design
Aluminium pendant lamp 5407
Duo spotlight model 7620
Motoko Ishii pendant lamp
Chrome tube floor lamp
Chrome floor lamp
Kazuo Motozawa Saturno table lamp
Bubble glass flush mount
Other Staff lamps
Staff Leuchten or 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 were producing 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 its achievements.
In 1994 Zumtobel bought the company.
Lamps in the movies!
A Staff Cross Oyster wall lamp was used as a prop in the 2018 German film Ballon. A movie about two families from the GDR who flew to West Germany with a homemade hot-air balloon in 1979. It was used in an East German house what is very unlikely at that time. Staff was a West German lighting company and the East was communist and had his own lighting firms, cars, motorcycles and so on. Almost everything that was sold came from behind the Iron Curtain. Here together with the Raak Fuga, what is even more unlikely, because that is a Dutch lamp.