Staff Chrome Tube Floor Lamp
Materials: Chromed metal (iron) spring tube base. Chrome socket holder and parts. Hand blown bubble glass (pelugoso) globe lampshade. Bakelite E27 socket.
Lampshade: ∅ 30 cm / 11.81”
Height: 67 cm / 26.37”
Base: ∅ 20 cm / 7.87”
Electricity: 1 bulb E27, 1 x 100 watt maximum, 110/220 volt.
Any type of light bulb can be used, not a specific preferred.
Period: 1970s – Mid-Century Modern.
Designer: To be apraised.
Manufacturer: Staff & Schwarz Leuchtenwerke GMBH, Lemgo, Germany.
Other versions: This Staff spiral floor lamp exists with several different lampshades. Also a table lamp exists.
The design of this lamp is, to say the least, inspired by the Ingo Maurer spiral lamp from the 1960s. Many other spiral lamps exists.
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.
Pulegoso: Italian word taken from the dialect word pulega, which means bubble. The glass is containing numerous bubbles of all sizes, produced by adding bicarbonate/soda, gasoline, or other substances to the glass. The bubbles make the glass semi-opaque and give the surface an irregular texture. The technique was developed in the 1920s by Napoleone Martinuzzi (1892-1977) on the island of Murano, Italy and used for the first time by the famous Venini company.
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History of the company can be found here: 60 Years of Light from Lemgo – Zumtobel plant celebrates historic milestones
Vintageinfo – Spiral lamps
1970s Fase spiral table lamp – Ingo Maurer
Chrome Spiral table lamp – Massive