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Salvaged Eastern Bloc lighting

Era: 1950s Origin: Germany

Starting their journey in a divided Germany, these vintage 1950s pendant lights witnessed the politically tense years of the DDR during the Cold War. Manufactured by AKA Electrics, the state-run umbrella company of the Eastern Bloc, the conical shades feature a textured finish with a distinctive Bakelite gallery and manufacturer’s labels. Fantastic feature lights for hotel lobbies, lounges, restaurants and bars. Part of The Retreat Collection in collaboration with Dodds & Shute.

Germany

Origin: Germany

German designs are famed for their clean lined and well engineered approach. The Bauhaus School played a major role in combining design with engineering during the late 1920s and early 1930s. A number of lights we salvage were influenced by Bauhaus School design. From the mid to late 20th century, Communist East Germany produced a wide variety of lights for both industrial, commercial and residential applications, often manufactured in three scaled versions to cater for varying bulb wattage.

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Every one of our lights goes through a variety of processes to bring it from the worn and often dilapidated state it arrives in, to a stage where it is ready for your project. The first and most important stage is fully dismantling each and every light - we do this even if we have hundreds of identical lights. We then undertake an in-depth review of its construction and following that, map its journey through restoration.

Product details

Supplied with new screw (E27) lamp holders, 2mtrs of suspension chain, straight braided brown cable and ceiling mounting plate. (If you would prefer another colour cable or an E26 lamp holder for use in the USA, please just ask).

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255 mm
350 mm
2.1 kg
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Mottled Brown

Supplied tested to BS EN60598. Converted for use in the US and worldwide. IP20 for internal use only.

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What a great looking light! Fantastic in the kitchen and a great talking point. Thanks.

- Neil | Cumbria | UK

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We found exactly what we wanted at skinflint: large industrial pendant lights from an old Dunlop Aerospace factory. They fill the space beautifully and we often get asked where they were sourced. With such heritage attached to them, they are like a piece of history that adds to the modern vintage feel we wanted to create. 

- Estelle | London | UK