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1950s Oscar Torlasco Table Lamp 578


Materials: Brass, black painted brass, painted with wrinkle paint. Glass optic lens. Brown painted brass. Bakelite socket.

Height: 50 cm / 19.68”

Width: 20 cm / 7.87”

Base: ∅ 10 cm / 3.93”

Electricity: 1 bulb E14, 1 x 40 watt maximum, 12 volt. 125/160/220 volt adjustable transformer built-in. Any type of light bulb can be used, not a specific one preferred.

Period: 1950s – Mid-Century Modern.

Designer: Oscar Torlasco (1934-2004).

Manufacturer: Lumi Cripa S.R.L., Via Imperia 20 and Piazza Missori 2,  Milan, Italy.

Other versions: Made in several variations. This one is model 578. All these lamps were designed in the late 1950s, early 1960s. Some of them were produced for many years.

Oscar Torlasco

Born in Rome, Italy in 1934, Oscar Torlasco designed many beautiful lamps. The most well known are the lamps he designed for Lumi. Torlasco designed for several Italian lighting manufacturers including Esperia, Stilux and Stilkronen. Most of his designs are from the 1950s and 60s. For many lamps he uses optic lenses for spreading/diffusing the light. It is his trademark. In 1959 Torlasco won the Italian design award, the “Compasso d’Oro” (Golden Compass) for his Genova 4053 street lighting. The lamps was in production by Fabbrica Apparecchi Illuminazione Greco S.p.A.. Oscar Torlasco passed away in 2004.


In 1944 Carlo Antonio Crippa created his “workshop” Lumi (lights). Cripa surrounded himself with the most prominent designers, such as Guglielmo Berchicci, Anselmo De SanctisPia Guidetti (Cripa), Maurizio FavettaUgo la Pietra, Giò Ponti, Prospero RasuloAlessandro ScilipotiMatteo ThunGianni Veneziano and Luciana Di Virgilio (Veneziano & Team), Mario ValliniNanda Vigo and of course Oscar Torlasco. The Lumi company always uses high quality materials.

Today the company is still a workshop where materials are shaped according to the artist’s imagination. All crafting by hand, even by using modern technology. For many crystal lamps and chandeliers Lumi produces today Swarovski is involved. The company is still in family hands and the third generation is now at the helm. Lumi is part of the Falb group. 

Many thanks to Massimiliano from Antique and Design – Special Blu for the beautiful pictures and enthusiasm.

1950s Oscar Torlasco Table Lamp 578 - catalogue picture