Staff Pendant Lamp 5480
Materials: Round red conical aluminium lampshade. White round plastic grid diffuser. Bakelite E27 socket.
Cord: 80 cm / 31.49”
Height: 26 cm / 10.23”
Width: ∅ 45 cm / 17.71”
Electricity: 1 bulb E27, 1 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 Leuchtenwerke GMBH, Lemgo, Germany.
Other versions: This Staff pendant lamp 5480 exists in 3 colours. This one is actually model 5481. Model 5480 is the blue version. Model 5482 the copper coloured one. The reason why it is named Staff pendant lamp 5480 on Vintageinfo, is because Staff used the same label for all these lamps. They are all labelled 5480/1/2.
The more rounded versions are model numbers 5490, 5491, 5492, as you can see in the catalogue pictures.
1969 iF Design Award and the Gute Industrieform Hannover Design Award.
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, you can find his full biography and the lamps he designed over here.
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.