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1950s Italian Rhodoid Floor Lamp


Materials: Brass, painted brass, plastic, celluloid lampshades (rhodoid), Bakelite sockets.

Height: 165 cm / 64.96”

Width: 45 cm / 17.71”

Base: 34 x 34 cm  / 13.38” x 13.38”

Electricity: 4 bulbs E27, 4 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 a very old switch made by the VLM company from Buccinasco, Italy. Also the sockets are made by the same company.

In 1968 VLM started with the production of the famous VLM-switches designed by Achille Castiglioni. More info about these switches on Vintageinfo: Achille Castiglioni VLM Switches.
VLM Components was founded in 1945 in Buccinasco, a small village near Milan, Italy, today part of the Relco group, more info on the Relco website. (external links open in a new window)

The lamp shades 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.

Other lamps in the folded lampshades ‘Rispal’ style on Vintageinfo:

Rispal Pendant Light
Diabolo Ceiling Lamp

1950s VLM Switch