Pope Speciaallampen B.V., formerly just Pope, is the resurrection of the
oldest light bulb brand in the Netherlands.
128 years after its birth in Venlo, Pope will now focus on the production of unique and exceptional
light bulbs. Lamps that have been taken out of production but simply cannot be absent from today’s
range of light sources, according to us. The first light bulbs to be produced are the Cube and the
Cylinder, formerly used in Sciolari and Boulanger design fixtures. Pope now combines their classic
design from the seventies with the durability and efficiency of modern LED technology.
From then to now
A brief timeline of Pope’s history and it’s resurrection
Pope opens the first light bulb factory in the Netherlands
Pope is founded in Venlo by British engineer Frederic R. Pope.
Under the name of Goossens, Pope & Co, the first
incandescent lamp factory in the Netherlands is born.
Fun fact: As a sixteen year old boy, Frederic R. Pope used to work
for Joseph Wilson Swan. Swan would later go on to invent
some of the first ever incandescent light bulbs,
independently from Thomas Edison.
Pope becomes Pope’s Metaaldraadlampenfabriek
Goossens, Pope & Co continues under the name N.V. Pope’s Metaaldraadlampenfabriek (filament lamp factory).
Pope gains recognition in the Netherlands and its neighboring
countries through the production of special lamps,
like small radio bulbs.
The revival of Pope
Driven by his love for and knowledge of today’s lighting
industry, Derk van Mameren, owner of lighting brand
Snoerboer and Wattnou, decides to revive the lost
lighting brand Pope.
In the following years, the team behind Pope embarks on
a journey to collect original Pope light bulbs, posters,
placards, packaging – they gather as many authentic remains
of the brand as they can find.
Pope launches first light sources: Cube and Cylinder
The first two special light bulbs to be launched are
the Cube and the Cylinder.
The packaging is based on the original Pope box –
the retro design remains, now with a modern touch.
The same applies to the light bulbs: the authentic shape
of the lamp is recreated in a refreshing manner,
with the addition of beautiful, advanced LED filaments.
Every single part of the bulb is carefully thought out.
Pope crosses borders
Frederic R. Pope returns to England in 1905, where he establishes Pope Electric Lamp Co. Ltd. Business with the United Kingdom further develops.
The last Pope incandescent lamp
In 1927, the final incandescent light bulb comes off
the line in Pope’s own factory. It means the start of the
production of just copper filament and cables.
From 1940 onwards, Pope continues under the name N.V.
Pope’s Draad- en Lampenfabrieken: Pope’s Wire and Lamp Factories.
The design of the first new Pope lamps
Pope will now be the brand dedicated to special light bulbs,
dedicated for specific design fixtures like Boulanger and Sciolari.
These bulbs are so specific that they have been taken out
of production – Pope is about to change that.
And that’s not it…
Meanwhile, Pope is already designing new light sources
to add to the collection. In 2020 they will present four new light sources in Frankfurt at the expo 2020. The total collection now counts seven light sources.
The first two products of the revived Pope are recreations of light sources originally designed for the fixtures of Angelo Gaetano Sciolari. The creations of Sciolari are characterized by futuristic shapes, emphasized by the use of glossy metals. He was eager to get the very best out of the materials he used. That is why, in de seventies, he produced a range of design fixtures with the bold combination of chrome and brass. His designs were retailed by Belgian firm S.A. Boulanger Belgique, among others.
In that time, Boulanger released a series that consisted mostly of pendant lamps that originated from traditional chandeliers but had a post modernistic twist. In essence, these two products have similar designs: symmetrical shapes, connected through clean metal arms. However, Boulanger’s range was characterized by one aspect: the use of cylindrical and cube shaped tubes.
Despite the fact that these fixtures were taken out of production years ago, they are still very much in demand today because of their futuristic design and timeless aesthetics.
Boulanger cube-shaped fixtures
The cube-shaped tubes are the foundation for these designs by Sciolari. The square shape of the Cube bulb is a perfect match for this series of Boulanger pendant lamps.
Boulanger cylinder-shaped fixtures
The Cylinder bulb and Sciolari’s cylindrical fixtures form a perfect combination. The authentic milk glass perfectly suits the chrome or brass finish of these pendant lamps.
With their unique design, the new Pope lamps are suitable for many different applications. Both the Cube and the Cylinder are a true addition to any lamp with a visible bulb.
Angelo Gaetano Sciolari (1927 – 1994)
Angelo Gaetano Sciolari was an Italian industrial designer who made a name for himself all over the world with his progressive designs for lighting manufacturers.
His career as a lighting designer starts in 1949 at his family company – Sciolari Lighting Roma – where he starts focusing on designing various lighting fixtures. This later proved to be the start of a very successful career.
In the 1950’s, Sciolari made a switch to Italian manufacturer Stilnovo, where he became the first in-house designer. In this period, numerous Italian design agencies, including Stilnovo, gained worldwide recognition by experimenting with new materials and smooth shapes.
Late in the 1960’s, Sciolari is influenced more and more by different art movements: from cubism and deconstructivism to minimalism. He goes on to design various pendant lamps with increasing focus on refined and futuristic shapes. Sciolari innovates with straight lines in combination with materials like crystal, frosted glass, brass and chrome.
As his designs gain more and more attention, Sciolari starts collaborating with well-known lighting companies in both Europe and the U.S. From that moment, his popularity takes flight. For instance, he delivers a large number of fixtures for Lightolier & Progress Lighting. The Geometric, Habitat, Scultura and Futura series are all in demand. The export of these fixtures results in vast sales figures and an exponential growth for Sciolari Lighting Roma.
In Europe, Sciolari designs a large number of fixtures for Belgian manufacturer S.A. Boulanger. Here too, straight lines, chrome and brass are the main focus. The designs of the hand of Angelo Gaetano Sciolari have recently come back into the spotlight. The range of special designs from the seventies has suddenly attracted a wave of admirers from a new generation. With the return of Pope, the characteristic light bulbs for these fixtures are also available once again.
Do you want to know more about Pope, or do you have an addition to our collection?
We love talking about the history of our brand and the idea of expanding our range of design light bulbs.
If, for instance, you have a rare or special light bulb, designed especially for specific design fixtures,
we’d love to hear from you!
If, by any chance, you still have pamphlets, ads, or other Pope artifacts,
we’d also love to get in touch with you.