1960s Articulating Arc Floor Lamp
Materials: Round Carrara marble base. Chromed metal (iron) curved rods. Brushed aluminium lampshade, painted white inside. 2 black plastic ornamental screws and a rectangular rod holder. Bakelite E27 socket.
Height: 167 cm / 65.74”, adjustable until 220 cm / 86.61”
Width: 120 cm / 47.24” adjustable until 200 cm / 78.74”
Lampshade: ∅ 35 cm / 13.77”
Base: ∅ 35,5 cm x 5 cm / 13.97” x 1.96”
Electricity: 1 bulb E27, 1 x 75 watt maximum, 110/220 volt.
Any type of light bulb can be used, not a specific one preferred.
Period: 1960s, 1970s – Mid-Century Modern.
Designer: To be appraised.
Manufacturer: S.A. Boulanger, Liege, Belgium – attributed.
Rare seen arc floor lamp. Once in a few years you find this lamp for sale. Some years ago a dealer sold the same floor lamp online as a lamp made by Fritz Hansen…
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In all probability it is a lamp made by S.A. Boulanger from Belgium. It is made in a good quality and most of the time found in Belgium.
The curved chrome rod is adjustable in length and height with the 2 black plastic ornamental screws.
Unfortunately, not much is known about the company. S.A. Boulanger is famous for the large amount of lights the company produced that were designed by Gaetano Sciolari. S.A. Boulanger ended business somewhere in the early eighties. There is nothing to be found in the Belgian Official Journal about the company. The journal goes back to 1983. The company is not to be confused by the other Boulanger company from Belgium: Les Ateliers Boulanger NV from Brussels. More info about this company over here.
All the electric parts were made by VLM Components in the 1960s, 1970s. VLM Components was founded in 1945 in Buccinasco, a small village near Milan, Italy. VLM Components is part of the Relco Group, founded in 1967. Today they are the owners of the brands Relco, Leuci, Relco Lighting, VLM Components and Segno. VLM Components became famous for the switches they produce which were designed by Achille Castiglioni in 1968. This switch is model 475.
Lamps in the movies
A 1960s articulating arc floor lamp made by S.A. Boulanger, Belgium appears in the Belgian TV series Huizenjagers (House hunters) in October 2021, season 8, episode 11 on Play 4. It has a completely different lampshade and I don’t know if it is original. Always seen this floor lamp with a mushroom lampshade, als a red and white acrylic.