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1960s Vimar Plastic Clamp Lamp

Materials: Red painted round conical aluminium lampshade, silver painted inside. Two rings inside the lampshade to mount it on the light bulb. Metal spring and bulb holder. Red and white plastic. Red built-in Switch. Bakelite E14 socket.

Lampshade: ∅ 7 cm / 2.75” 

Clamp: 9,7 x 4,3 cm  / 3.81 x 1.69”

Height: 14 cm / 5.51”

Electricity: 1 bulb E14, 1 x 25 watt maximum, 110/220 volt.
Not any type of light bulb can be used. A round small light bulb is necessary. Otherwise the lampshade won’t fit. 

Period: 1960s – Mid-Century Modern.

Designer: To be appraised.

Manufacturer: Vimar SpA, Marostica, Italy. 

Other versions: This 1960s Vimar plastic clamp lamp exists in several colours.

Clip-on lamps such as this one were made by several companies.


This clamp lamp is made by Vimar, an Italian company located in Marostica, some 100 km (60 miles) from Venice. Vimar was founded at the end of World War II, on May Day 1945. They started in a former hat factory with the production of products for the residential use of electricity, based on elements obtained by molding thermosetting resin. The Vimar company still exists. Today the company specializes in wiring devices, H&B automation, door entry systems, safety & security equipment, sockets and plugs and plant infrastructure. “The technological experience and design of Vimar, at its absolute best in its range of residential series, combines with wireless technology to provide smart control designs for the Hue lamps by Philips Lighting.”

The Vimar name appears 3 times on this lamp: on the clamp itself, at the switch and also on the plug, as you can see below. The Vimar logo on this lamp was used by the company in the 1960s and 1970s.

1960s Vimar plastic clamp lamp Italy small reading light E14 lamp socket MCM Mid-Century Modern

1960s Vimar plastic clamp lamp Italy small reading light E14 lamp socket MCM Mid-Century Modern