Wrinkle Paint Bedside Table Lamp – Pair
Ernest Igl was born on February 6, 1920, as Ernest Hofmann in Prague, Czech Republic. Igl graduated from the academy in Karlsbad in 1938 and then attended the Academy of Fine Arts in Prague and the Academy of Applied Arts in Munich.
After World War II he worked as a graphic artist in Munich. He enjoyed a high reputation as one of the first illustrators at major school book publishers and distinguished himself as an international industrial designer. He was graphic artist, painter, stage designer and sculptor.
His most wel known design is the Igl Jet Desk. Ernest Igl was an all-round industrial designer. He designed for Linde forklifts and designed shoes for Romica and lighting for Hillebrand.
He passed away in Davos, Switzerland in 2001.
The switch was made by the VLM Components company from Buccinasco, near Milan in Italy. Today VLM Components is owned by Relco. It is one of the biggest suppliers of switches, cords and plugs in Europe. VLM Components became famous for the switches they produce that were designed by Achille Castiglioni in 1968.
Wrinkle Paint Bedside Table Lamp
Materials: Curved slant cream painted base with a built-in switch, painted with wrinkle-paint. White painted iron lid on the bottom. Curved brass rod. Brass joint. Cream painted conical tube socket holder. Some metal parts. Red-orange painted round lampshade perforated with round holes in different sizes. Brass E14 socket.
Height: 23 cm / 9.05” – adjustable
Lampshade: ∅ 9 x 12,5 cm / 3.54 x 4.92”
Base: 10 x 7 cm / 3.93 x 2.75”
Electricity: 1 bulb E14, 1 x 40 watt maximum, 110/220 volt.
Any type of light bulb can be used, but a small bulb is preferred. For this setup a refrigerator bulb was used.
Period: 1950s, 1960s – Mid-Century Modern.
Designer: To be appraised.
Manufacturer: To be appraised.
Other versions: This wrinkle paint bedside table lamp exists in several colours. It is a small lamp. It can be used as a desk or table lamp, but it was probably meant for use as a bedside table lamp.
The base was used for several other lamps. Another one can be found here.
This design of the lampshade is often named “starry night or starry sky”, the reason is obvious. Several people used this design for lamps. For instance, famous designer Paavo Tynell used it for many lamps. These types of lampshades are often attributed to Ernest Igl, but it is far from sure. It is seen on many lamps by several companies of that time.
In Poland the same lampshade design was used for the so called Little Dog lamp model 1318, designed by Apolinarego Gałeckiego for the Stołecznych Zakładach Metalowych Numer 2, the Capital Metal Works No. 2 company in Warshaw. It was also sold by Hillebrand. It appears in catalogues from 1958 and 1960.
The parts used for this lamp are typical German. The BJB socket is often used for lamps made by Cosack. Often in combination with VLM Components switches. But a lamp with the same base appears in a 1962 catalogue of Neckermann. Neckermann sold lamps from many companies. At that time the company was only a mail order company. You can find this lamp over here.
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The Gebrüder Cosack (Gecos) company was founded in 1833 as a metal processing plant in Neheim-Hüsten, Germany by Egon, Friedrich and Theodor Cosack together with Gottliebe Tappe. It was named Metallwarenfabrik Tapp + Cosack. In the beginning they made liturgical items, crosses and upholstery nails made of brass and they also produced kerosene lamps. Later the company came to the production of electric lamps.
In 1921 a cardboard factory was started, originally for packaging the Cosack Group‘s own products, including lights, nails, rivets and kitchen appliances.
After the Second World War Cosack pursued a modern direction. A best seller were copper lighting for restaurants. The company was declared bankrupt in 1984.
The cardboard factory still exists. The sixth generation is now running the business at the Cosack plant.
Best known designers: Gottfried Stürzenhofecker, K. H. Kinsky, Hans Wilfried Hegger, Hans-Joachim Groth, Burkhard Panteleit, Joachim O. Becker, Prof. Friedrich Becker, Waldemar Rothe and Jan Armgardt.
Gebrüder Cosack (Gecos) received 15 iF Design Awards.
The socket of this desk lamp was made by BJB. BJB is Brökelmann, Jäger and Busse, BJB GmbH & Co. KG. The BJB company was founded in 1867 and started with petroleum lighting. The company still exists. Today they produce LED lamps, terminal blocks and connectors, lamp holders for conventional lighting and switches. They are active in the whole world. BJB GmbH & Co. KG is located on Werler Strasse 1, 59755, Arnsberg, Germany.
Links (external links open in a new window)
iF-Design Awards – Gebrüder Cosack
Cosack printing + packaging website
Ernest Igl biography – Wikipedia
Brökelmann, Jäger und Busse – Wikipedia
Ernest Igl lamps – Google Images
Grid bedside table lamp – lamp with the same base
Ernest Igl Hillebrand pendant lamp