Box, illuminated, oak, with red braided cable
The shade of the Pilzkopfleuchte - a rounded, white cylinder of tempered, weatherproof polythene with a UV- protection coating - has been repurposed to serve as an illuminated box that can be used as a footstool or side table to complement any armchair, sofa or bed. The box offers indirect lighting and features a solid wood surface that can be used as a seat or table. The cherry or oak is sourced from European forests.
The braided cable comes as standard in black and red, with additional colour options available on request.
Material:Lamp shade: polythene; surface: solid wood; cable: textile fabric; plug: Duroplast; corded rocker switch housing: Bakelite
Design: Wood: oak; cable colour: red
Dimensions: Total height: 47.5 cm; lamp shade, thickness: 4 mm, diameter: 32 cm max. (at floor level); surface, thickness: 1.5 cm, diameter: 24 cm; cable, length: 2.5 m; weight: 2 kg
Mechanism: Toggle switch
Fixture/screw: E 27, porcelain
Connectors: Cable adaptor with full-contact plug with protective contact
Voltage/voltage range: 250 V max.
Protection rating: IP20
Protection class: I
Power: 60 W max., 250 V
Marking/certification (international): CE
Light bulb not included
With its unique mushroom-like shape, the Pilzkopfleuchte became an integral part of West Germany’s roads and pedestrian paths in the 1960s. Today, these street lights that once graced cities and helped typify their look are being gradually replaced by LED-based technology. Our designs give these aesthetically significant luminaires a new life as one-of-a-kind sources of light for indoors.
Inspired by the original which looks very much like the British tin top lantern, we have taken two components of the original street light and turned them on their head to create completely new designs. The shade of the Pilzkopfleuchte – a rounded, white cylinder of tempered, weatherproof polythene with a UV-protection coating – now serves as an illuminated box that can be used as a footrest or side table. On its own, it also acts as a minimalistic overhead light source. In combination with the original sheet steel socket, it forms part of a unique enamelled hanging lamp that references the look of the modern era.
The luminaires are made from the actual street lights that used to be found throughout West Germany and were originally manufactured by Rota-Form, a northern German plastics company that produced seamless, tempered, shatterproof and chemically stable hollow bodies through rotational moulding.
Because the lamps are made from the original Pilzkopfleuchte street lights, some of which have been in use for 60 years, there may be irregularities in the material or their colour. As a result, every item is one of a kind!
Benefits at a glance
- variety of uses (footstool, side table or floor lamp)
- suitable for home use or for use at events
- low weight for easy transport and placement