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Temde Visier Desk Lamp

Materials: Round white painted flat metal (iron) base. Counterweight inside the base. Folded chrome rod. Adjustable white painted half round slats lampshade. Some metal parts. Bakelite E27 socket.

Height: 78 cm / 30.70”

Base: ∅ 24 cm / 9.44”

Electricity: 1 bulb E27, 1 x 60 watt maximum, 110/220 volt.
Any type of light bulb can be used, not a specific one preferred.

Period: 1970s – Mid-Century Modern.

Designer: E.R. Nele.

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

Other versions: This Temde Visier desk lamp exists in several varieties. Made as a wall lamp, table lamp, clamp lamp. Exists also in chrome.

The Temde Visier desk lamp received an iF design Award in 1972. Visier is German for visor.

This lamp is designed by E.R. Nele. 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. On her website or Wikipedia nothing is mentioned about design or lighting.

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 Switzerland.

Fritz Müller (1889-1964), son of a furniture maker from Lipperland founded the company in 1911 under the name Temde, 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 1930’s, 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-1950’s, Temde did not profit so much from the general economic boom of the 1950’s. 

 In the 1970’s, 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. 

Temde-Leuchten received 31 iF Design Awards.

You can find them over here on the If Design Awards website.