A 1960s mod orange and white metal Doria Leuchten pendant light made of 3 pointy concentric metal rings on a metal framework.  The metal construction creates a very beautiful effect when the light is on.

DORIA LEUCHTEN (or DORIA-Werkstätten Walter Donner GmbH & Co. KG) was a manufacturer of lighting and mirrors, founded in 1945 by Walter Donner in Sonnefeld near Coburg, Germany and moved to Stadeln (Fürth), near Nürnberg in 1948 where they produced modern lighting for the international market. The company was known by several names over the years, including DORIA-Studio, as the internal design team was called, while the company is often referred to simply as Doria Leuchten or Doria Werke.  They mainly manufactured glass lamps in the 1960s and 1970s, made of cast and pressed ICE-glass tubes and plates arranged on metal frames, but also designed several models made entirely of metal sheeting.

Doria Werke collaborated closely with various German industrial designers, such as the former Bauhaus student and metal worker Wolfgang Tümpel (1903-1978), Wilhelm Braun-Feldweg (1908-1998) who designed the Avus, Berlin Series, and Modell 101 table lamps for the company in 1965, and Klaus Slama who designed several lamps for Doria including the iconic mushroom table lamp.  In the 1960s Doria produced a huge crystal light fixture for a bank in Saudi Arabia that became known as the world's largest chandelier, measuring over 32’ in length and consisting of 2 lamps that were attached to each other.  It should be noted for clarity that while Richard Essig is often credited as a lamp designer for Doria, it was actually a wholesale company.  Essig sold lamps made by Staff, Disderot, Massive, and several other companies, labeled with Richard Essig – Besigheim. You will never find a lamp attributed to Essig with a DORIA label on it. 

Time and again founder Walter Donner presented innovative lamp products at the glass fair in Hanover. From 1961 until its closure, the company received more than 30 awards for its designs, including the IF Design Award.  The firm was declared bankrupt in 1986.

Manufacturer Doria Leuchten
Design Period 1960 to 1969
Year of Production
Production Period 1960 to 1969
Country of Manufacture Germany
Identifying Marks This piece has been attributed based on archival documentation, such as vintage catalogs, designer records, or other literature sources
Style Vintage, Mid-Century, Scandinavian Modern, Modernist, Space Age
Detailed Condition Very Good — This vintage item has no defects, but it may show slight traces of use.
The vendor has confirmed this piece is in working order.
Restoration and Damage Details Light wear consistent with age and use
Product Code
Materials Metal
Color Orange, white
Width 10.0 inch
Depth 10.0 inch
Height 6.3 inch


Height:  18 cm / 6.3”

Width: ∅ 25 cm / 10”

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