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Staff Floor Lamp 1181

Materials: Round black base. Chrome rods. Chrome ornamental adjustment knurled screw. Adjustable half-round lampshade. Aluminium reflector. Porcelain E27 socket.

Height: 160 cm / 62.99”

Width: 23 cm / 9.05” max.

Base: ∅ 23 cm / 9.05”

Electricity: 1 bulb E27, 1 x 100 watt maximum, 110/220 volt.
Any type of light bulb can be used, not a specific one preferred.

Period: 1970s – Mid-Century Modern.

Designer: Arnold Berges in 1975.

Manufacturer: Staff & Schwarz Leuchtenwerke GMBH, Lemgo, Germany.

Other versions: This Staff floor lamp 1181 exists in several versions. Other models have other numbers. The double floor lamps is model 1281. It was also made as a wall lamp and table lamp. It was custom at the Staff company to print labels for several lamps at once. That’s why this lamp is labelled 1181/1281. This label is also glued on the floor lamp with the double lampshade.

These lamp series received an iF Design Award in 1975.

Arnold Berges

Unfortunately, no information can be found about Arnold Berges. He designed several awarded lamps for the Staff company such as the Duo lamp series. You can find a floor lamp over here. And a chrome tube lamp over here.


Staff LeuchtenStaff & 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.