This elegant work of mid-century Modern design is by the German lighting company Goldkant Leuchten that was designed by Friedel Wauer. Wauer was credited by FLOS for developing the technology of spraying the plastic material onto metal frames to create the lampshade that was inspired by the “self-wrapping” of a silk worm and hence the name “cocoon”. However, George Nelson was known to have used this technique as early as 1947 for his Bubble Hanging Lamps, referring to the discovery of the technique as “one of those happy accidents which occur all too infrequently in the designer’s experience”.
Regardless of who the original inventor was, the end result is a triumph in lighting design. The highly tactile, silky leatherette-like cocoon lampshade rests on the elegantly streamlined, Chrome plastic base. With design influences from mid-century Modern, Atomic Age and even Industrial, this excellent work brings sleek allure to its surroundings.
Very Good. There is light use wear to the shade, lampbase and underside of the base that is commensurable with the age of the piece. Please refer to photos as they form part of the condition report. The base bears the original Goldkant and model label. Length of cord: c. 47" / 120 cm and is fitted with a European plug. Lamp takes standard E-series Screw bulb.
Height: Lampbase c. 4.7 " / 12 cm. c. 10.6" / 27 cm (including lampshade). Diameter: c. 7.5" / 19 cm (across widest point). Base diameter: c. 4.1" / 10.4 cm. Unpackaged weight: c. 0.3 kg / 335 g. Cable/wiring length: c. 47" / 120 cm. Lightbulb: screw bulb E14. 40 watt maximum, 110/220 volt.
Lamp will be securely packaged and shipping will be insured. Shipping will be combined for multiple items.
A BIT OF HISTORY
Goldkant Leuchten (1946 – 1994)
Goldkant Leuchten was founded in 1946 as Cocoon-Leuchten International with designers such as Shultz and Baum for the Cocoon lamps. The company also produced ceramic lamps as well as supplying other companies with their lamps such as Aro Leuchte, Josef Brümberg and Raak. Golkant Leuchten were notably awarded two iF design awards for their Cocoon lamps in 1974. Though the company enjoyed decades of success, sadly, it was closed in 1994.