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1970s Dimpled Balloon Murano Table Lamp

Materials: Hand blown crystal Murano glass made of three layers of glass. Two white opal layers and one clear.

Height: 46 cm / 18.11”

Width: ∅ 34 cm / 13.38”

Base: ∅ 16 cm / 6.29”

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.

Other versions: This 1970s dimpled balloon Murano table lamp was made in some varieties. The table lamp was also made in striped glass.

This deflated balloon table lamp is made in the style of the table lamps designed by Muranese glass master Luciano Vistosi (1931-2010). In the late 1960s he started to create table lamps in biomorphe sculptural forms. This lamp has some similarities with the Munega table lamp he designed in 1978. This lamp is still in production by Vistosi

It is made in the form of a deflated, dented or dimpled balloon. Made of three layers of glass and +- 1 cm / 0.39” thick; this table lamp is very heavy. 

This lamp is not made by Vistosias the company has confirmed. In all probability it was also made on the Murano island in Italy.

Lino Tagliapietra

A striped version was found on the internet as a lamp made and designed by Lino Tagliapietra and produced by Effetre, but that is very unlikely. Lino Tagliapietra is the master in striped Murano glass, but in a different category. Less complicated designs as he creates now were made for the La Murrina company in the 1960s and 1970s. You can find some examples here on Vintageinfo. Second, Effetre does not make glass items. The company produces glass rods for glass processing in all possible colors and designs such as millefiori.


All the electric parts were made by the VLM Components company from Buccinasco, near Milan. They were produced in the late 1960s and 1970s.