White 1970s Desk Lamp
Materials: White painted metal (iron) round base. Cast iron counterweight in the base. Metal adjustable gooseneck decorated with a black plastic tube. White lampshade. 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 from Mortsel, Wommelgem and Kontich, Belgium.
Other versions: This white 1970s desk lamp exists at least in red. In all probability it was also made in other colours. The red version of this lamp can be found here on Vintageinfo.
This lamp is in a better quality made than we’re used to from the Massive 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 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 1970’s. 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 1980’s Massive 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 commercialised more than 10.000 lighting products under brand names such as Massive, TRIO and Lirio. The group had about 5.000 employees worldwide and was active in 70 countries.
Massive sold many lamps made by others. Peill + Putzler from Germany and Yamada Shomei from Japan produced lamps for Massive, to name a few. Many other lighting companies did.
KRANIA Kabel-Stecker GmbH
KRANIA Kabel-Stecker GmbH was founded in the 1970’s in the town Kranichfeld. Kranichfeld is a town in the Weimarer Land district, in Thuringia, Germany.