In the summer of 2018, we stumbled on a large collection of glass chandelier parts. Globes, domes, and decorated lampoons in a large variety of colours and sizes, More than 7000 glass pieces in total. Notes on the boxes allow the production to be traced to the end of the 1960s and the beginning of the 1970s. The presence of boxes of several different Belgian glass manufacturers, lead to think that we discovered a leftover of the bankruptcy of Manuverbel in the mid 1970s.

Manuverbel (later Manubelver) brought together the production of the legendary Belgian glass factories Rubbel/Boom, Doyen and Boussu in one single industrial entity. At the end of the 1960s, those individual companies had been in a very rough shape. While their production was still mostly manual, elsewhere more automated production techniques had been further perfected. More-over, the labour cost had soared and the competition by East-European companies was very hard. The project of Manuverbel was to attempt to rapidly modernise the production infrastructure, and to pool ressources and distribution channels. However, in less than one decade, Manuverbel burned trough it’s reserves and was forced to file for bankruptcy.

Because we found only the glass parts, and almost no hardware or fittings, our light workshop will in the coming weeks and months focus on the production of new hanging systems. Given the large quantities available, we are open to collaborations with architects and designers on site-specific projects. For larger orders it is also possible to customise the designs, for instance with custom cable colours, gold-plated sockets and so on.


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