Vintage Info

Cone Table Lamp

 

Materials: White painted metal, black plastic. White plastic, black painted goose neck. Metal and plastic double socket.

Height: 40 cm / 15.74”

Width: 38 cm / 14.96”

Base: ∅ 13,5 cm / 5.31”

Electricity: 2 bulbs E27, 2 x 60 watt maximum, 110/220 volt.
Any type of light bulbs can be used, not a specific one preferred.

Period: 1970s – Mid-Century Modern.

Designer: To be appraised.

Manufacturer: To be appraised.

Other versions: Also made as a pendant light.

This lamp has the looks of an 1980s Memphis style table lamp, but the electrical components are older. Also the screws are normal (slot). In the 1980s it was common to use Phillips screws or Pozidriv screws on every lamp.

There is a remnant of a label present. The switch is Italian and has a sticker with “deviatore” on it which means switch.

Memphis

The Italian Memphis Group was a design and architecture group founded by Ettore Sottsass (1917-2007) in 1981 in Milan which designed Postmodern furniture, lights, fabrics, ceramics, glass and metal objects from 1981 to 1987.

The name was taken after the Bob Dylan song “Stuck Inside of Mobile with the Memphis Blues Again“. The song was played constantly during the first meeting of the designers on the 11th December 1980.

The group’s members included Andrea Branzi, Aldo Cibic, Alessandro Mendini,Arata Isozaki, Barbara Radice, Beppe Caturegli, Ettore Sottsass, George Sowden, Gerard Taylor, Giovanni Levanti, Hans Hollein, Javier Mariscal, Laura Agnoletto, Lawrence Laske, Luciano Paccagnella, Marco Susani, Marco ZaniniMarco ZanusoMaria Sanshez, Martine Bedin, Marzio Rusconi, Massimo Iosa Ghini, Masanori Umeda, Matteo Thun, Michael Graves, Michele de Lucchi, Nathalie du Pasquier, Peter Shire, Shiro Kuramata and Thomas Bley. Ettore Sottsass left the movement in 1985, the Memphis Group disbanded in 1991.

Cone Table Lamp - deviatore - switch

Cone Table Lamp - missing label

Bob Dylan – Stuck Inside of Mobile with the Memphis Blues Again