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Atomic Age orange table lamp made by AKA Electric

Atomic Age orange table lamp made by AKA Electric

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Orange desk light made by AKA Electric in Germany, in the 1970s. The angle and height of the shade is adjustable along the structure of the lamp. The materials (aluminum, metal, plastic, etc.), the colors (chrome, orange) and the shape of this beautiful lamp are all typical for the Atomic/Space Age design, which marked the aesthetics of the 1970s. The piece is in good vintage condition and have all the original elements (label, switch, electrical cord, plug).

Atomic Age in design refers to the period roughly corresponding to 1940–1960 and extending in the 1970s, when concerns about nuclear war dominated Western society during the Cold War. The discovery and development of the Electron microscope had also a huge impact. Architecture, industrial design, commercial design (including advertising), interior design, and fine arts were all influenced by the themes of atomic science, as well as the Space Age, which coincided with that period. Atomic Age design became popular and instantly recognizable, with a use of atomic motifs and space age symbols. Retrofuturism is a current resurgence of interest in Atomic Age design.

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Design Period


Country of Origin

Identifying Marks

Labeled by Maker


Very Good. This vintage item has no defects, but it may show slight traces of use

Restoration, Damages

Wear consistent with age and use


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Lightbulb Socket(s)

1 x Edison Screw (E27 or ES) lightbulb

Plug/Outlet Type

European plug (up to 240V), Type C plug (also compatible with Type E & F outlets)


Cord length: 330 cm, Original lightbulb sockets, Original plug, Original switch


2100 g

Dimensions (H x W x D)

51 x 32 x 16 cm

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If your delivery address is not in the European Union, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, or Switzerland, please be advised that import duty is not included in the prices you see online

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About Mid-Century

The trademark removed the trademark “IKA electrica”. The brand AKA electric belonged to the VVB electrical consumer goods, which was established in 1969. Under the name, electrical appliances and electrical appliances were available, such as vacuum cleaners, hair dryers, stirrers and kitchen grills. The advertising slogan in the then GDR advertising TV was “AKA electric – in every house at home”.

AKA stood for the slogan “Active in the market – concentrated in the trading activity – currently in the offer”. A total of 15 companies were ordered to manage the trademark, smaller ones completely losing their previous name. Omega (vacuum cleaner) and Reiss (drawing tools), some of the factories continued to operate under their own name, including Acosta (grill and holding devices).

For Western countries, the devices were also marked with foreign labels and were operated by local brands.

Later, products were also exported which, under the general obligation that all combine goods also had to produce consumer goods, were produced by companies which were otherwise from completely different industries, partly even from the heavy industry. For example, the Elektroron juicer AKA Vitamat (Type Z 1015) was certified by the Kombinat Robotron, which actually produced office machines and computers. The Massinet Massager was produced by the Berlin-based automation systems manufacturer.

After reunification, tradition manufacturers returned to their old name, e.g. Efbe The trademark rights of AKA electric changed the owner several times. Between 1998 and 2008, they were located at a Rostock company which, among other things, produces niche products such as the WM 0600 L shaft wheel washing machine, which has been manufactured in Schwarzenberg / Erzgebirge (formerly for Foron as World Cup 66) since 1960. After the brand expired in August 2008, it took over a car spare part dealer in January 2009.

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