Staff Saturno Pendant Lamp
Materials: Stacked brass plated metal (iron) slat rings lampshade. Round brass coloured metal lid on top. Some brass plated metal parts. White painted Bakelite E27 socket.
Cord Length: 70 cm / 27.55”
Height: 23 cm / 9.05”
Width: ∅ 40 cm / 15.74”
Electricity: 1 bulb E27, 1 x 100 watt maximum, 110/220 volt.
Any type of light bulb can be used, not a specific one preferred.
Period: 1970s – Mid-Century Modern.
Designer: Kazuo Motozawa around 1970.
Manufacturer: Yamagiwa Corporation, Japan.
Other versions: This Staff Saturno pendant lamp exists in several versions and sizes. Also table lamps were made. The table lamp exists also in white, you can find it over here. A similar pendant lamp is named Aureola.
The Areola table lamps were relaunched for a while around 2010. Pricing was +- 270 euro/dollar.
Models 5633 and 5639 won an iF Design Award in 1971.
These lamps were all made by the Japanese lighting company Yamagiwa. In Europe these lamps were sold by Staff & Schwarz from Germany.
Kazuo Motozawa was born in Saitama, near Tokyo, Japan in 1945. He graduated from the Musashino Junior College Craft and Industrial Design Department in 1968. After his studies he designed several lamps for Yamagiwa. From 1977 until 1985 he was the director of LD Yamagiwa Laboratory. In 1987 Motozawa established HALO Design Laboratory, Inc. Kazuo Motozawa exhibited frequently and achieved many awards.
The Yamagiwa corporation was founded in 1923 by Hirofumi Yamagiwa (1900-1947). Yamagiwa is the leading Japanese lighting manufacturer. The company also sells lighting from several lamp producers from around the globe. Among others: FLOS, Frank Lloyd Wright, Louis Poulsen, Artemide, Hans-Agne Jakobsson, Le Klint, Anglepoise, Tom Dixon and many more. Yamagiwa is part of Maruwa Co., Ltd.
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.