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1960s Cube Bamboo Table Lamp

Materials: Bamboo, cane and wicker. Chrome tube. Bakelite 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.

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.

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 1960s.

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 the 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.

Many lamps in this style were made in Italy, Austria and France. Companies that used 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.

Links (external links open in a new window)

Bamboo – Wikipedia

Wicker – Wikipedia

Cane – Wikipedia

1960s Cube Bamboo Table Lamp - 1960s VLM Components switch and plug.

1960s Cube Bamboo Table Lamp - Bamboo base