C. F. Otto Müller (active around 1930) – Leading designer at Sistrah in the 1930s
Sistrah-Licht GmbH – German lighting manufacturer in Stuttgart
Designed by C. F. Otto Müller from 1932
Manufactured by Sistrah, around 1933
Sistrah display window spotlight
Model: Megaphos Sso (opal glass)
Underside with ‘Megaphos’ mark by Sistrah
Height: 35 cm
Diameter: 30 cm
Very good original condition
Provenance: Private collection, Berlin, Germany
A classic by a pioneer of light design from the Bauhaus era
The lamp was manufactured by Sistrah after a design by C. F. Otto Müller who was the company’s chief designer. His innovative lights in the spirit of the developments at the Bauhaus, which Müller developed in cooperation with the ‘Lichttechnisches Institut’ of the Technical University of Karlsruhe during the early 30s, were designed as ‘Universalgeleuchte’ (universal lights) that could be used in many different ways. This model is registered under the name Sso in the Sistrah sales catalogue from 1933. The lamp can be mounted on the wall as well as on the ceiling. The colored white opal glass and inlaid opal glass rings guarantee a particularly soft, diffused and glare- free light.
The lamp is in very good original condition in minor signs of wear consistent with age and use. The underside bears the ‘Megaphos’ stamp, used for Sistrah products sold outside of Germany. The height is 35 cm, the diameter is 30 cm.
German Sistrah sales catalogue from 1932, pp. 28/29 and p. 39.
Swedish Megaphos sales catalogue from 1933, pp. 22/23, p. 32.
Charlotte Fiell and Peter Fiell, 1000 Lights, Vol. 1, 1879 to 1959, Taschen Verlag, p. 319.
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