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Staff Pendant Lamps Model 5517

Materials: Round brown metallic painted plastic lampshade. Hexagonal round perforated design on top. Chromed metal mirror/reflector. Porcelain socket.

Cord Lenght: 120 cm / 47.24”

Height: 15 cm / 5.90”

Width: ∅ 20 cm / 7.87”

Electricity: 1 bulbs E27, 1 x 100 watt maximum, 110/220 volt.
Any type of light bulb can be used, but a silver bowl/cup light bulb is recommended.

Period: 1970s – Mid-Century Modern.

Designer: A. Berges (no information to be found about the designer).

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

Other versions: These Staff pendant lamps model 5517 were made 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.


StaffStaff & 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 were producing 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 its achievements. Staff also produced lamps for other companies such as Stilnovo (Italy) and Lyfa (Denmark). In 1994 Zumtobel bought the company.

If Design award 1973

Staff Pendant Lamps 5517 Berges design round brown hexagonal perforated plastic lampshade metal reflector 1970s MCM

Staff Pendant Lamps 5517 Berges design round brown hexagonal perforated plastic lampshade metal reflector 1970s MCM

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

iF Design Awards for this type of lights can be found here on the iF Design website.

Colorado potato beetle on Wikipedia as an agricultural pest

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