1970s square cut glass ceiling lights (v2)

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1970s square cut glass ceiling lights (v2)

Era: 1970s Origin: Czechoslovakia (former)

Starting life during former Czechoslovakia’s oppressive communist rule, these 1970s pendants were salvaged from a railway departure lounge in Prague. Two cut-glass prismatic shades provide a bright and dispersed glow when illuminated. Sitting within a metal enclosure, the original components and unique finish are retained through sensitive restoration. Great for hotel lounges, lobbies, bedrooms and restaurants. Part of The Retreat Collection in collaboration with Dodds & Shute. A surface-mounted version is also available.

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Origin: Czechoslovakia (former)

Much of the lighting we salvage and restore from the former Eastern Bloc was produced in the manufacturing powerhouses of former Czechoslovakia. Under Communist rule the same design was often manufactured in three scaled versions to cater for varying bulb wattage. The country is also famed for its beautiful glassware, with both wall and ceiling opaline glass lights often being used in public and residential settings, such as housing blocks and schools.

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The restoration process our lighting goes through can take many months. To begin, we gently disassemble each light fitting, letting us spot any flaws and plan how best to bring it up to modern electrical standards. Then, our team of experts patiently restore each component by hand. Typically, this might mean: Soda-blasting – an environmentally friendly way to remove old paint; Polishing – to restore and revitalise the surface of the light; Lacquering – a sealing process that protects the light’s surface from further deterioration; Rewiring – so the light works perfectly, every time.

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Product details

Each light is supplied with 2no. new screw (E27) lamp holder, and a powder-coated fixed length rod. (If you would prefer an E26 lamp holder for use in the USA, please just ask).


n/a mm
1055 mm
4.5 kg
260 mm
260 mm
White | Black

Non-standard delivery. Supplied wired and tested to BS EN60598. IP20 for internal use only. All dimensions and weights are approximate.

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Manufacturer: NAPAKO

NAPAKO is a lighting manufacturer founded in 1919 in Prague, former Czechoslovakia. Considered a collective NAPAKO worked alongside various designers in the early twentieth century, most notably with highly acclaimed designer Josef Hurka. Hurka began his career designing electrical appliances before specialising in household lighting, including ceiling and floor lamps. NAPAKO pieces designed by Hurka are considered collectibles and are to this day, highly sought after and awarded in the lighting design industry.

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