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.
|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|
Height: 18 cm / 6.3”