1960s Tube Table Lamp
Materials: Dark orange/red painted metal (iron) tube. Silver painted on the inside. Chrome curved rod. Two rubber balls. Some metal and plastic parts. Chrome ornamental screw on the back. Bakelite socket.
Tube: ∅ 6 x 17,2 cm / 2.36 x 6.77”
Height: 17,5 – 26 cm / 6.88 – 10.23”
Width: 25 cm / 9.84”
Electricity: 1 bulb E14, 1 x 60 watt maximum, 110/220 volt.
Any type of light bulb can be used, not a specific one preferred.
For this setup a tubular light bulb made by Neolamp, Italy was used. The name of the bulb is Sirio. More info about this bulb can be found over here, on Vintageinfo.
Period: 1960s, 1970s – Mid-Century Modern.
Designer: To be appraised.
Manufacturer: To be appraised.
Other versions: This 1960s tube table lamp exists in several colours. The presumably early version of this lamp has a round metal back, as you can see below.
This table lamp is adjustable with the rubber balls. It has six holes, so it has 3 positions. The tube is pinched between the rubber balls.
This lamp has a black plastic back and a switch designed in 1968 by Achille Castiglioni. So it is in all probability from the 1970s. The lamps with the round back have an older switch, also made by VLM Components.
These table lamp are often attributed to Angelo Lelii, but in all probability they are not by his hand. Angelo Lelii designed several tube lamps, but they are all different. An example is shown below on the right.
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This 1960s tube table lamp is not described in the book: Arredoluce – Catalogo Ragionato 1943-1987 – Catalogue Raissonné. Written by Anty Pansera, Alessandro Padoan and Alessandro Palmaghini. Published by SilvanaEditoriale.
Angelo Lelii is the founder of Arredoluce; Italy’s most innovative lighting firm of the 50’s and 60’s. He stands out with his innovative research into form, matter and colour.
Angelo Lelii was born in 1911 in Monza, near Milan in Italy. He was responsible for the design and manufacture of hundreds of beautiful lamps. In 1943 he created his first lamp in his basement at home. In 1946 he had a complete page in the famous Domus-magazine and in 1947 he started his company Arredoluce in his home town. The company ended business after his dead in 1979.
The wiring, plug, switch and socket are Italian and they are made by VLM Components from Buccinasco near Milan in the early 70’s. The company became famous for the switches they produce since 1968, designed by Achille Castiglioni. You can find them over here. This 1960s tube table lamp is equipped with a black model 450 switch.
VLM is part of the Relco Group, founded in 1967. Today they are the owners of the brands Relco, Leuci, Relco Lighting, VLM and Segno.