1950s Aluminor Bedside Lamps
Materials: Light yellow and red painted aluminium lampshades, white painted inside. Brass goose-neck. Painted iron base, tinned lid. Bakelite sockets.
Height: 20 cm / 7.87” – adjustable.
Lampshade: ∅ 9 and 9,5 cm / 3.54” and 3.74”
Base: ∅ 9 cm / 3.54”
Electricity: 1 bulb E14, 1 x 40 watt maximum, 110/220 volt.
Any type of light bulb can be used, not a specific one preferred. However, a small one gives the best result.
Period: 1950s, 1960s – Mid-Century modern.
Designer: To be appraised.
Manufacturer: Aluminor, Nice, France.
Other versions: Slight differences in the lampshade, made in many colours. Later editions were produced with a plastic lid on the bottom and have a chromed brass gooseneck.
André Lavigne established Aluminor in Nice at the Côte d’Azur – the French Riviera in 1950 to manufacture camera shutters. A year later the company grows and develops into manufacturing lighting appliances, first as a subcontractor, then with its own products. In 1974 they moved to the Contes and they started to export their lighting to the United States. Over the years the company expanded and built a number of new workshops. The company still exists and they still produce lighting.
The electric parts were made in the early 1950s by the VLM Components company from Buccinasco, near Milan in Italy. Today VLM Components is owned By Relco. It is one of the biggest suppliers of switches, cords and plugs in Europe. VLM Components became famous because of the switches they produce that were designed by Achille Castiglione in 1968.
Similar lamps were produced in Italy by Vimar. At least they used the same gooseneck. Vimar produced its own electric parts, they are all labeled and the plug always has the name Vimar on it. The lid on the base says: Made in Italy, as you can see. More info about the Vimar company can be found here on Vintageinfo.
A yellow Aluminor lamp was used as a prop in the film Tulipani, Love, Honour and a Bicycle (Tulipani: Liefde, Eer en een Fiets), a 2017 Dutch comedy film, written by Peter van Wijk and directed by Mike van Diem. With Ksenia Solo and Giorgio Pasotti in this scene.