Celluloid Floor Lamp
Materials: Black painted metal base with aluminium decoration, chromed rods, black and white Bakelite sockets, celluloid lampshades (Rhodoid).
Height (lamp 1): 122 cm / 48.03”
Height (lamp 2): 147 cm / 57.87”
Lampshade (lamp 1): ∅ 28,5 cm / 11.22”
Lampshade (lamp 2): ∅ 30,5 cm / 12”
Base: 26 x 30 cm / 10.23” x 11.81”
Electricity: 2 bulbs E27, 2 x 60 watt maximum, 110/220 volt.
Any type of light bulb can be used, not a specific one preferred.
Period: 1950s – Mid-Century Modern.
Designer: To be appraised.
Manufacturer: To be determined.
The only clue that this beautiful lamp gives is that it got 2 old sockets produced by the VLM Components company from Buccinasco, Italy in the 1950s and early 1960s. The floor switch and plug were replaced during time, unfortunately. Most likely, the original parts were also made by VLM.
VLM Components was founded in 1945 in Buccinasco, a small village near Milan, Italy, today part of the Relco group.
In 1968 VLM Components started with the production of the famous VLM-switches designed by Achille Castiglioni.
The celluloid lampshades are made in the ‘Rispal’ style, a design by the famous French designer Jean Rispal in the 1950s. Jean G. Rispal is famous for his original creations and biomorphic forms. The lampshades are made of iron wire, paper and celluloid wrapped around them. Exactly the same material as the stretchable folded celluloid flowerpot decoration that is for sale since the 1930s.
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