ISSUE 39  |  Belgian Masters

Lighting: Zangra’s Belgian Basics Arrive Stateside

October 02, 2014 1:00 PM

BY Janet Hall

For years we’ve been coveting the clean, industrial lighting that inspired architect Eve van Dyck to launch her company, Zangra, one fixture at a time. For fans in North America, the wait is finally over. Van Dyck has responded to requests and will soon release several of her most popular models retrofitted for the US market.

What does this mean exactly? Fixtures will have a socket size that accommodates the standard US lightbulb (E26 vs. the European E27 socket). The fixtures will be designed for 110V (rather than the 220V European current), and they’ll be UL-rated, able to stand up to even the toughest code inspector.

Zangra’s North America–compatible lights can be ordered through Top Hat, in New York City (website coming soon; in the meantime, call 212-677-4240). They’ll be carrying the collection in the months to come. 

Above: Zangra’s Pure Porcelain 008-02 hardwired light is one of the models being retrofitted for US electrical requirements.


Above: The same design, Zangra’s Pure Porcelain 007-002, is available with a frosted glass shade.

Above: A modern take on a basic, Zangra’s Retro Pure Porcelain 027 Light is also part of the first wave of lights coming to the US market. Read about the history of the fixture and see other options in Megan Wilson’s Object Lessons: The Classic Porcelain Light Socket.

Above: Top Hat currently stocks Zangra’s range of colorful pendant lighting cords with sockets. Made in Belgium, each light has 10 feet of textile-covered cable, an Italian bakelite socket with pull chain, and a UL-listed plug for use in the US. Contact Top Hat for current stock and pricing, and see more of what Top Hat offers in our post The Perfect Store for This and That.

Go to Industrial Lighting, Belgian Style and A New Take on the Classic School Chair for more of Zangra’s offerings. Operating on a tight budget? Check out Alexa’s Moody Transformation of a Hardware-Store Clamp Light and Izabella’s DIY Industrial Wall Light for $15.