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1960s Bamboo Cube Table Lamp

Materials: Cube base made of bamboo, cane and wicker. Chrome tube. Square vanilla, beige coloured fabric lampshade. Bakelite E27 socket.

Height (with lampshade): 52 cm / 20.47”

Height: 30 cm / 11.81”

Lampshade: 30 x 30 cm / 11.81 x 11.81”

Base: 19,4 x 19,4 cm / 7.63 x 7.63”

Electricity: 1 bulb E27, 1 x 60 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: To be appraised.

Other versions: It is unknown if this 1960s bamboo cube table lamp exists in several versions. Maybe it was also produced in a rectangular version.


This table lamp is made of bamboo combined with bamboo leaves, cane and wicker. There is a chrome decorative tube around the Bakelite socket. It has no label or whatsoever, unfortunately.

Bamboo and wicker was always popular. In the sixties a lot of furniture was made out of this natural material, and not only the seat of a chair. It was at its peak in the late 60s and early 70s. It was not only bamboo, but also faux bamboo; mostly made of brass or iron. Faux bamboo already appeared in the 50s when there was an art nouveau revival. 

Many lamps in this style were made in Italy, Austria and France. Companies that used bamboo, faux bamboo and/or wicker were, amongst others: Fratelli Mannelli, Gucci, Carl Auböck Werkstätte, Ingo Maurer, Maison Jansen, Miguel Mila, Gabriella Crespi, Rupert Nikoll, J.T. Kalmar, Maison Bagues and many others.

In all probability the lampshade is not original, it looks a bit too new.

VLM Components

The wiring is Italian and made by the VLM Components company from Buccinasco near Milan. The electric parts; socket, wire, switch and plug were all made in the late 60s, early 70s.

1960s cube bamboo table lamp wicker reed rattan cane box square lampshade 1970s Mid-Century Modern MCM

1960s cube bamboo table lamp wicker reed rattan cane box square lampshade 1970s Mid-Century Modern MCM