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1970s Table Lamp


Materials: Purple painted aluminium, chromed metal, aluminium reflector, Bakelite socket.

Height: 25,5 cm / 10.03”

Width base: 13,2 x 11 cm / 5.19 x 4.33”

Electricity: 1 bulb E14, 1 x 60 watt maximum, 110/220 volt.
Any type of light bulb can be used, not a specific one preferred.

Period: 1970s – Mid-Century Modern.

Designer: To be appraised.

Manufacturer: Elma, Ljubljana, Slovenia.

Other versions: Made in many models and colours.

These lights are often attributed to Gepo, Anvia and Herda, 3 light producers from the Netherlands. However, these lights were never made or sold by these companies.


Lights like this one appear in a 1970s catalogue as lights made by Elma.
Elma is a Yugoslavian electrical device company. They produced electrical household appliances and lights from a high quality and design. Elma is located in Ljubljana, Slovenia. Today they produce transformers and relays. The ELMA TT company is consist of 4 companies based in Germany, Austria, Slovenia and Serbia

All the electric parts are made by VLM Components from Buccinasco near Milan in Italy. This lamp has a rare seen version of a switch designed by Achille Castiglioni (1918 – 2002); the VLM 450 switch, made in white and black.

VLM Components was founded in 1945 in Buccinasco, a small village near Milan, Italy. VLM is part of the Relco Group, founded in 1967. Today they are the owners of the brands Relco, Leuci, Relco Lighting, VLM and Segno.

1970s Elma Table Lamp

1970s Elma Table Lamp - VLM 450 switch