Staff Oyster Wall Lamp or Flush Mount
Materials: White painted metal (iron). Magnets. Some metal parts, Bakelite 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 & Dieter Witte in 1968.
Manufacturer: Staff & Schwarz Leuchtenwerk GMBH, Lemgo, Germany.
Model number: A247
Other versions: The Staff Oyster wall lamp or flush mount was made in several versions and designs. Also made in copper and silver colour. Other colours were also available.
The lampshade is connected with magnets, it can easily removed to replace the light bulbs.
The Staff Oyster wall lamp won the iF Design Award 1968 and the Rosenthal-Studio-Preis 1968.
Staff also produced lamps for other companies. The Oyster lamp appears in the Danish Lyfa catalogue in 1972 and has the name Hannover. Staff also produced lamps for the famous Italian brand Stilnovo.
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)
History of the company can be found here: 60 Years of Light from Lemgo – Zumtobel plant celebrates historic milestones
Ballon (2018) – Wikipedia – in German
Lamps in the movies!
The Staff Oyster wall lamp was used as a prop in the German film Ballon from 2018. 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. 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.