Staff Pendant Lamp 5526
Materials: Round white painted aluminium lampshade. Round chrome slats blinds. Some metal parts. Black conical plastic canopy. Porcelain E27 socket.
Cord Length: 100 cm / 39.37’’
Height: 25 cm / 9.84”
Width: ∅ 45 cm / 17.71”
Electricity: 1 bulb E27, 1 x 150 watt maximum, 110/220 volt.
Any type of light bulb can be used, not a specific one preferred.
Period: 1970s – Mid-Century Modern.
Designer: Alfred Kalthoff in 1975.
Manufacturer: Staff & Schwarz Leuchtenwerke GMBH, Lemgo, Germany.
Other versions: This Staff pendant lamp 5526 exists in several colours and sizes. Other sizes have another number. The smaller version is model 5525.
Often said that this lamp is a design of Kazuo Motozawa. Kazuo Motozawa designed several lamps with chrome slats such as the Saturno lamp, hence the confusion. You can find it over here.
These pendant lamp series received an iF Design Award in 1975.
Unfortunately, no information can be found about Alfred Kalthoff. He designed several awarded lamps for the Staff company.
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 Staff company can be found here: 60 Years of Light from Lemgo – Zumtobel plant celebrates historic milestones