1970s Black & White Desk Lamp
Materials: White painted metal flat round base. Black painted flat metal rod. White painted round metal lampshade. All made in iron. Plastic diffuser ring in the lampshade. Some plastic parts. Porcelain socket.
Height: 32 cm / 12.59”
Base: ∅ 15 cm / 5.90”
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: 1970s, 1980s – Mid-Century Modern.
Designer: To be appraised.
Manufacturer: Brilliant AG, Brilliantstraße 1, D-27442 Gnarrenburg, Germany.
Other versions: This 1970s black & white desk lamp exists in many colours. Several different lamps were produced, all with the same almost flat base but with another lampshade.
In The Netherlands these desk lamps were sold by Vrieland Design a company active in the 70s and 80s. Also Herda Verlichting BV from Amsterdam had these lamps in the assortment. In Spain it was Fase. Massive sold them in Belgium and some other European countries.
Brilliant AG was founded in 1951 as Brillantglashütte oHG / Lippold and Tschammer in Gnarrenburg, Germany as a glass making company. In 1953, the glass-works started to produce bar pendant bowls out of glass. These lamp fittings were the first step towards the exclusive production of lighting fixtures.
In 1970, the facility for industrial glass had to be sold in order to create more space. At the end of the 70s, the name Brillantglashütte KG had been changed into Brillantleuchten AG. In 1991, the company name was changed for the last time. The German word “leuchten” (lights) has been deleted and a second “i” has been added to the final version Brilliant AG.
In 2000, the American Sli Inc. became the new main shareholder. Since 2004, the British “The National Lighting Company” has been the new main shareholder of Brilliant AG.
All the electric parts were made by VLM Components from Buccinasco near Milan in Italy.
VLM Components was founded in 1945 in Buccinasco, a small village near Milan, Italy. 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.