1950s Brass And Acrylic Wall Lamp
Materials: Brass, brass tubes. Black acrylic, white swirled ribbed acrylic. Pull cord switch. White Bakelite sockets.
Height: 30 cm / 11.81”
Width: 20 cm / 7.87”
Depth: 12,5 cm / 4.92”
Electricity: 2 bulbs E14, 2 x 40 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 appraised.
Other versions: Unknown.
The acrylic is made in the typical ribbed Rotaflex style. Maybe it is a lamp by Rotaflex or A.R.P.
The Rotaflex plastic type was invented by Rotaflex together with the French company A.R.P. – L’ Atelier de Recherche Plastique (Plastic Research Workshop).
Atelier de Recherche Plastique
The Atelier de Recherche Plastique was founded in 1954 by Pierre Guariche (1926 – 1995), Joseph-André Motte (1925 – 2013) and Michel Mortier (1925 – 2015). The three young designers wanted to shake the codes of classicism by drawing new forms to create more accessible furniture and lights. All three met while working in the agency of designer Marcel Gascoin.
In 1954, they take part in the Salon des Arts Ménagers (Household Arts Fair) and they receive numerous prizes. Their furniture and lamps were produced by companies such as Airborne, Disderot (Atelier Pierre Disderot), Meubles TV, Huchers-Minvielle, Luminalite, Steiner and Rotaflex.
The A.R.P., Atelier de Recherche Plastique did not last long. 3 years later in 1957, the company ended business.
Rotaflex was founded in 1953 and led by Bernard Stern who brought the company in a few years to one of Britain’s leading lighting makers. The company won many awards with there designs. It’s being said that John & Sylvia Reid were two of the most well known designers that worked for Rotaflex. The company no longer exists.
The electric parts of this wall lamp were made in the 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.
Links (external links open in a new window)
Brass – Wikipedia
Acrylic – Wikipedia
Rotaflex lamps on Vintageinfo
Twitter: Galerie Pascal Cuisinier A.R.P. exposition in Paris, France in 2017
Galerie Pascal Cuisinier website
Interview from 1966 with Bernard Stern about Rotaflex on the vads-website
Pierre Guariche on Wikipedia
Michel Mortier on Wikipedia
Joseph-André Motte on Wikipedia
VLM Components switches on Vintageinfo