Vintage Info

Prototypes of this lamp where destroyed or sold; they are hard to find. Here’s an example of an edition from around 1980 (special version, probably not a prototype) with a different shade; one of the examples for combining translucent and white, also used for the Baobab (1978-1992) in black and white.

Harvey Guzzini Brumbry Table Lamp

 

Condition: In perfect condition.

Materials: Perspex (plastic) dome, chromed steel and a white lacquered metal base, Bakelite sockets.

Height: 43 cm – 16.92”

Width: 46 cm – 18.11”

Electricity: 4 bulbs E14 – 4 x 60 watt – 110/220 volt.
Any type of light bulb with an E14 screw base can be used, preferably a white/opaque or frosted light bulb.

The top dome and main shade can be switched on independently for up lighting, down lighting or both at once.

Period: 1960s – Mid-Century Modern.

Designer: Luigi Massoni (1930 – 2013).

Manufacturer: Harvey Guzzini, Recanati, Italy.

Other versions: Made in two colours, white and gradient brown. Later versions have a metal base in two pieces as you can see below. Special edition in the late 1970s on the left of this page.

Harvey Guzzini Brumbry often incorrectly named Brumbury.

Project year: 1969

Year of production starting: 1969
Year of production ending: 1982
Commercial code: 507 – Period: 1969 – 1972
Commercial code: 4009 – Period: 1973 – 1982

iGuzzini illuminazione was established in 1959 under the name Harvey Creazioni. Harvey is derived from the famous movie ‘Harvey’ with James Stuart and the invisible rabbit Harvey in the 1950s.
The initial production of enameled copper objects was supplemented by decorative luminaires. The company still exists:  iGuzzini illuminazione: iGuzzini.com. (external links open in a new window)

Harvey Guzzini Brumbry Table Lamp - special edition late 1970s

Used as a prop in the British movie “Made In Dagenham” (IMDB link – popup), a dramatization of the 1968 strike at the Ford car plant in the city of Dagenham, where female workers walked out in protest against sexual discrimination. This scene is in the headquarters of Ford in Michigan, USA. A little mistake, because the Brumbry went in production in 1969…

Maden In Dagenham - Harvey Guzzini Brumbry

Used as a prop in the French mini series Paris (2015-2016) in the official residence of the French prime minister. DVD for sale at Bol.com (link opens in a new window).

Paris (2015 - 2016)

Used as a prop in the 2008 movie L’Instinct de Mort – Public Enemy Number One (Part 2). The story of french gangster Jacques Mesrine: Public Enemy N°1.

L'Instinct de Mort (2008) Public Enemy Number One (Part 2)

The double single pole foot switch model D-662 from VLM is designed by Achille Castiglioni in 1968 and is still in production.

Achille Castiglioni VLM Switch model D-662

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Luigi Massoni was born in Milan, Italy on January 22nd 1930 and was a architect and designer. For some thirty years, he has also worked as a freelance journalist and editor. He lived in Recanati, near Milan where he died in 2013.

After years of education at the “Collettivo di Architettura” of Milan and his first professional experiences between 1953 and 1955, he began working for Alessi and created his famous Bar set. First in 1957 together with Carlo Mazzeri the cocktail shaker and a bit later the Serie 5 containers.

Together with architect Carlo De Carli, he founded “Il Mobile Italiano”. In 1959, associating a group of furniture industrialists, he founded “Mobilia”, one of the first centers for the promotion of Italian design.

Also in 1959, he began working for Boffi Cucine, realizing some of the first modular systems for the home and kitchen. For Boffi he created: the Dogu kitchen and bathroom, the Xila kitchen and bathroom, the Punto bathroom, the E15 kitchen, the AL15 kitchen and the A1 cupboard.

He was editor and director of “Marmo Tecnica Architettura”  from 1956 until 1963. Thanks to his publications, he plays a key role in the development of industrial and craft-based businesses. His works are published in the most important Italian and foreign magazines and have been awarded numerous prizes and acknowledgements.

In 1962, Luigi Massoni meets the brothers Raimondo, Giovanni and Giuseppe Guzzini in Milan: it is the beginning of a fruitful collaboration. He worked for Fratelli Guzzini and Harvey Guzzini, what later changed in iGuzzini, until 1976. Not only he was the art director but the coordinator of communication and advertising campaign, bringing, as pointed out by Adolfo Guzzinia purification of the form” and “rationality as a new social status “. He also designed the logo of Harvey Guzzini as you can see below.
Luigi Massoni designed some of the most beautiful lights for the company, such as the Alvise, the Moana, the Toledo and this table lamp, the Brumbry.

From this experience he improved the image of many Italian and worldwide industries operating in many sectors: Furnishings; Plastics; Glass; Ceramics; Metals; Precious metals; Leather; Giftware; Household articles and so on. To name a few companies: Cedit (ceramics), Gabbianelli (ceramics), Venini (glass), Nazareno Gabrielli (bags), Poltrona Frau (leather seats), Gallotti & Radice (Adam glass table)…

Luigi Massoni

First editions have a different base, the white painted metal is made in 1 piece.

Harvey Guzzini Brumbry - old switch 1968 - 1972

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Harvey Guzzini Brumbry – switch used in the early years of production.

Harvey Guzzini Brumbry – brown edition – also on Vintageinfo, click here

Harvey Guzzini Brumbry – brown edition

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Brumbry

Harvey Creazioni logo

Harvey Guzzini logo

iGuzzini logo

Logo used between 1959 and 1964. Inspired by the 1950 film “Harvey“, starring James Stewart.

Logo used between 1965 and 1977.  This logo was designed by Luigi Massoni.
The architect Massoni was invited to work with Harvey as the company’s art director, a move that gave further impetus to the idea of collaborating with designers.
Between 1967 and 1971, Ennio Lucini designed the catalogue tor the DH brand, under which lamps for home lighting were marketed.

Logo used from 1974 until today, designed by Advema G&R Associati. This logo embodied the company’s entire output, which was marketed under other brands such as DH, Doma and Atelier.
It was during this period that the company began making technical products. Spot and flood lights in particular.