Staff Table Lamp 1214 – 1215
Materials: Round orange metal (aluminium) base with a built-in transformer. Glass tube. Chrome & orange eyeball/globe lampshade. Spiral cord. Brass BA15S socket.
Height: 37 cm / 13.77”
Width: ∅ 8 cm / 3.14”
Electricity: 1 bulb BA15S, 1 x 20 watt maximum, 28 volt.
Not any type of light bulb can be used, a spot light preferred.
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 table lamp 1214 exists in a few colours. Model number 1215 was also used, probably it is another colour. Made with a grey or a black spiral cord. A floor lamp was also made. They are both very rare.
This table lamp received an iF Design Award in 1970.
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.