Staff Duo Floor Lamp
Materials: Round black painted metal base. Cast iron counterweight inside. Chrome rod. Curved chrome rod. Adjustable yellow plastic lampshade with round perforations on the back. Some metal parts. Porcelain E27 socket.
Lampshade: ∅ 28 cm / 11.02”
Height: 160 cm / 62.99”
Base: ∅ 30 cm / 11.81”
Electricity: 1 bulb E27, 1 x 100 watt maximum, 110/220 volt.
Any type of light bulb can be used. For this setup a silver tipped globe light bulb was used.
Period: 1970s – Mid-Century Modern.
Designer: Arnold Berges (no information can be found about the designer).
Manufacturer: Staff & Schwarz Leuchtenwerke GMBH, Lemgo, Germany.
Other versions: This Staff Duo floor lamp exists in several colours. It also exists as a flush mount, wall lamp, pendant lamp, spotlight on rail and table lamp.
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.
Pendant lamp models 5508, 5509, 5518, 5519, lamps from this series, received the iF Design Award in 1973. (discipline: product)
Staff Duo spotlight model 7620 – International catalogue 1973
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History of the company can be found here: 60 Years of Light from Lemgo – Zumtobel plant celebrates historic milestones
iF Design Awards for this type of lights can be found here on the iF Design website: model 5508, model 5509, model 5518, model 5519.
Colorado potato beetle on Wikipedia as an agricultural pest