Temde-Leuchten Pendant Lamp
Materials: Big green painted polyester round mushroom lampshade. White painted on the inside and white painted on top. Some metal parts, aluminium parts, metal socket. Rise & Fall mechanism made by the Italian Rolly company in 1973 (green lamp) and 1974 (ocher/yellow lamp).
Cord Lenght: 120 cm / 47.24” (adjustable)
Height: 30 cm / 11.81”
Width: ∅ 50 cm / 19.68”
Electricity: 4 bulbs E27, 4 x 60 watt maximum, 110/220 volt.
Any type of light bulb can be used, in this setup silver bowl/cup light bulbs were used.
Period: 1970s – Mid-Century Modern.
Designer: To be appraised.
Manufacturer: Theodor Müller & Co. Temde-Werk, Detmold, Germany.
Other versions: This Temde-Leuchten pendant lamp exists in several colours. You can find them at least in yellow, green and orange. They exists as pendant lamps with 1 E27 socket, the size is the same. Also produced for a rail mechanism.
Model number: 706 – 784.
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 Switzerland.
Fritz Müller (1889-1964), son of a furniture maker from Lipperland founded the firm in 1911 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 Keller, Wilhelm Vest, H. Zehnder, E.R. Nele and many others. Often said that E.R. Nele is Eva Renée Nele Bode. I could not find proof for it. Eva Renée Nele Bode is a German sculptor that made many large scale metal sculptures.
Temde received 31 iF Design Awards.
Two different labels; the green lamp has the label 706, the ocher/yellow one 784. Probably somebody did something wrong in the factory, because 4 x 150 watt is impossible for use with this type of wiring.