VEB NARVA Chrome Opal Glass Table Lamp
Materials: Chromed metal base, tube and parts. Galvanised round bottom plate. Some metal parts and screws. Oval opal glass globe. Bakelite socket.
Height: 33 cm / 12.99”
Width: ∅ 22 cm / 8.66”
Base: ∅ 13 cm / 5.11”
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: To be appraised.
Manufacturer: VEB NARVA Leuchtenbau, Lengefeld, Germany.
Other versions: This VEB NARVA chrome opal glass table lamp exists as a table lamp and floor lamp. This table lamp is model 4440-7567-01 C6/80, as labelled.
VEB NARVA Leuchtenbau
This VEB NARVA Leuchtenbau company was founded in 1900 as Wittig und Schwabe Metalldruckwarenfabriken (Metal Printing Factories), Lengefeld.
Right after World War II in 1946, the name changed into VEB Leuchtenbau, as every almost every light company in the GDR did. In 1963 they manufactured some 1.5 million lamps, of which 80% were exported. In 1965 they produced 120 different models of lamps.
One of the most famous lamps produced by VEB Leuchtenbau is the Kontrast floor lamp, designed by Lutz Rudolf in 1961. The manufacturer himself doubted the success of “this thing” and planned only a small number of pieces.
However, the production was carried through until 1975, in which 11,000 pieces were produced. The GDR citizens at that time were fortunate that the product landed mainly on the domestic East German market, which was not the case with all the design objects. Despite colourfully designed variants, the majority of customers opted for the original, simple-white design of the lampshades of this floor lamp.
Designers that worked for VEB Leuchtenbau companies were, among others: Peter Beyer, Udo Domröse, Klaus Neubert, Andreas Kuhnhardt, Theo Schröder, Hans-Jürgen Weiß, Christian Wagner…