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White 1970s Desk Lamp

Materials: white painted metal (iron), metal adjustable goose-neck (inside) and plastic parts. Cast iron counterweight in the base. Bakelite socket.

Height: 38 cm / 14.96” – adjustable

Lampshade: ∅ 20 cm / 7.87”

Base: ∅ 13,7 cm / 5.39”

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. However a small E27 bulb gives the best result.

Period: 1970s – Mid-Century Modern.

Designer: To be appraised.

Manufacturer: Produced in East Germany for Massive Lighting from Wommelgem and Kontich, Belgium.

Other versions: Also made in red en in all probability also in other colours. A red version of this lamp is also on Vintageinfo (link below)

This lamp is in a much better quality made than we’re used to from the Massive Lighting company. So in all probability this lamp was produced for the Belgian lamp company and not by Massive. Massive tried to be as cheap as possible. Workforce and materials were inexpensive at that time in East Germany.

The plug is of this desk lamp is made by Krania. Krania is a former East German plug and socket company from Kranichfeld. The Krania company still exists.

Massive Lighting

Massive Lighting 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 Lighting 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.

KRANIA Kabel-Stecker GmbH

KRANIA Kabel-Stecker GmbH was founded in the 1970s in the town KranichfeldKranichfeld is a town in the Weimarer Land district, in ThuringiaGermany.


Links (external links open in a new window)

Red version of this lamp on Vintageinfo

Massive Lighting on Wikipedia (in Dutch)

Light Gallery

The complete history of the Philips company

Philips on Wikipedia

Krania sockets and plugs website

The city of Kranichfeld on Wikipedia

East German lamps on Vintageinfo

Massive Lighting lamps on Vintageinfo

Philips lamps on Vintageinfo