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Temde-Leuchten Floor Lamp

Materials: Wood beam, probably maple. 2 white opal glass globes. Black painted metal round base (iron), Bakelite sockets with metal parts.

Height: 78 cm / 30.70”

Base: ∅ 24 cm / 9.44”

Electricity: 2 bulbs E14, 1 x 60 watt maximum, 110/220 volt.
Any type of light bulb with an E14 socket can be used, preferably an opaque, white or frosted one.

Period: 1970s – Mid-Century Modern.

Designer: To be appraised, made after a design by Milo Baughman in 1972.

Manufacturer: Theodor Müller & Co. Temde-Werk, Detmold, Germany.

Floor lamps in this style were also made by Milo Baughman and a few other companies. Often said that the beam is made of pine, but that’s some other wood.

Temde-Leuchten

Temde-Leuchten and Temde AG was a German-Swiss manufacturer of lighting fixtures, headquartered in Detmold (North Rhine-Westphalia) and subsidiary in Sevelen, in the canton of St. Gallen in Switserland.

Fritz Müller (1889-1964), son of a furniture maker from Lipperland founded the company in 1911 and founded a company under the Temde company, abbreviated by Theodor Müller, father of the company founder.

In the first years, only wooden lamps were produced. In addition to residential lighting, Temde also produced special products for public facilities and commercial establishments, such as hotels, restaurants, public places and churches. 

Since the 1930s, Temde AG has also been producing lighting elements made of modern materials such as chrome and glass, but wood remained the main material.

In the post-war period, the production of wood-based materials became the basis for new lighting concepts. The use of pressed wood made it possible to build entirely new collections.

Although Fritz Müller expanded the operational infrastructure and his company offered 250 basic models in the mid-1950s, Temde did not profit so much from the general economic boom of the 1950s. 

 In the 1970s, the metal, glass and plastic materials became more and more important.

Temde filed for bankruptcy in 1986. The Swiss part, Temde AG was deleted from Switzerland’s commercial register in 2000.

Some designers that worked for the company are: Charles KellerEva Renée Nele Bode, Wilhelm Vest, H. Zehnder, and many others.

Another floor lamp made by Temde-Leuchten

Temde-Leuchten Floor Lamp with 3 opal glass globes

Milo Baughman Floor Lamp

Milo Baughman Floor Lamp - 1972 - 3 white opal glass globes

A Temde-Leuchten Floor Lamp spotted on the Les Puces du Design fair in Paris, April 2018.

Temde-Leuchten Floor Lamp spotted on the Les Puces du Design fair in Paris, April 2018.