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Sugar Ball Pendant Lamp


Materials: Orange coloured imitating sprinkled sugar crystals on a plastic globe. Bakelite socket, aluminium socket holder.

Cord Length: 60 cm / 23.62’’

Height: 28 cm / 11.02”

Width: ∅ 33 cm / 12.99”

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: 1960s, 1970s – Mid-Century Modern.

Designer: To be appraised.

Manufacturer: Massive, Kontich and Wommelgem, Belgium.

Other versions: Made in many colours and 4 sizes. Smallest version is 20 cm (7.87”), biggest version 50 cm (19.68”).

Also IKEA sold these type of pendant lamps, as you can see below. But at that time IKEA was only active in Scandinavia. The British company Rotaflex also produced similar lamps. Many spaghetti and sugar lamps were made in the USA. MajesticLampcraft Industries and Heifetz, to name the most important. Heifetz sold Rotaflex lamps.


Massive was in origin a bronze foundry and they produced mainly candlesticks, crucifixes and chandeliers in Wilrijk near Antwerp, Belgium. The company was founded in 1926 by Pieter-Jozef De Jaeck. His son Eddy De Jaeck was responsible for the huge expansion of the company in the 1970s. But it were his sons, Piet and Jan De Jaeck who made Massive a true multinational. Thus, they moved production to Eastern Europe and China.

In the 1980s Massive became the leading brand in Europe. In 2002, the brothers left the company to the investment fund CVC Capital Partners, for allegedly more than 250 million euros. 
Since 2008 the company is owned by Philips and the name of the shops is changed into Light Gallery.

When the takeover by Philips was announced in November 2006 Massive commercialized more than 10.000 lighting products under brand names such as MassiveTRIO and Lirio. The group had about 5.000 employees worldwide and was active in 70 countries.

Often said that this lamp is made by the Dutch manufacturer Raak Amsterdam, but that’s not true. This lamp never appears in a catalogue of Raak.


IKEA, formerly known by its full initials, Ingvar Kamprad Elmtaryd Agunnaryd, is a multinational group, headquartered in Delft, The Netherlands, but founded in Älmhult, Sweden in 1943 by then-17-year-old Ingvar Kamprad (30 March 1926 – 27 January 2018).

The company started as a mostly mail-order sales business. The first store was opened in Älmhult, Småland, Sweden in 1958. The first stores in other countries were opened in Norway (1963) and Denmark (1969). In 1973 a shop was opened in Switzerland, soon followed by shops in Germany and Japan (1974). Australia and Hongkong in 1975, Canada in 1976, Austria in 1977, Singapore and The Netherlands in 1978, Spain in 1980. Iceland and France in 1981, Saudi Arabia in 1983 and Belgium and Kuwait in 1984. The USA followed in 1985.

Sugar Ball Pendant Light

Sugar Ball Pendant Light

Ikea Catalogue 

Ikea - Sugar Ball Pendant Light