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1970s Acylic And Metal Desk Lamp

Materials: White painted metal. Acrylic white striped translucent lampshade. Cast iron counterweight. Bakelite socket, VLM switch 450.

Height: 60 cm / 23.62”

Width: 45 cm / 17.71”

Base: 20 cm / 7.87”

Electricity: 1 bulb  E27, 1 x 75 watt maximum, 110/220 volt.
Any type of light bulb can be used, but a white, opaque or frosted one is preferred.

Period: 1970s – Mid-Century Modern.

Designer: To be appraised.

Manufacturer: To be appraised.

Other versions: This rare seen 1970s desk lamp was probably produced in several colours.

VLM Components

This 1970s acylic and metal desk lamp is equiped with switch model 450, made by VLM Components and designed by Achille Castiglioni in 1968. VLM Components is a famous Italian switch company. More info can be found over here on Vintageinfo: Achille Castiglioni VLM switches. VLM is part of the Relco group, you can find them over here: (link opens in a new window)

Acrylic: often named by its commercial name: Perspex, Plexiglas, Crylux, Acrylite, Lucite, is a thermoplastic.

VLM Components switch model 450 

1970s Desk Lamp - VLM Components Switch Model 450

Cast iron counterweight

1970s Desk Lamp - cast iron counterweight