Staff Pendant Lamp 5517
Materials: Round brown metallic painted plastic lampshade. Hexagonal round perforated design on top. Chromed metal mirror/reflector. Porcelain E27 socket.
Cord Lenght: 120 cm / 47.24”
Height: 15 cm / 5.90”
Width: ∅ 20 cm / 7.87”
Electricity: 1 bulb E27, 1 x 100 watt maximum, 110/220 volt.
Any type of light bulb can be used, but a silver tipped light bulb is recommended.
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 pendant lamp 5517 exists in several sizes and colours. Also made as a wall lamp, spotlight, spotlight on rail, table lamp, floor lamp. Versions were made for a normal bulb, but also for a PAR 38 spotlight.
Model number: 5517 – 100 watt.
Models 5508, 5509, 5518, 5519, the same lamps but different colours, received an iF Design Award in 1973. (discipline: product) Also the table lamp model 1163 (yellow) and 1165 (white), floor lamp (model 1169) and the wall lamp (model 1176) were awarded.
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.
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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.