1970s Dimpled Balloon Table Lamp
Materials: Dimpled balloon shaped hand blown crystal Murano glass made of three layers. Two white opal layers and one clear. White Bakelite E27 lamp socket.
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: Effetre International, Fondamenta San Giovanni Dei Battuti 4/A, 30141 Murano, Italy – attributed.
Other versions: This dimpled balloon table lamp was made in some varieties. At least it also exists in striped glass.
This deflated or dimpled balloon table lamp is made in the style of the table lamps designed by glass master Luciano Vistosi (1931-2010) from Murano. In the late sixties he started to create table lamps in biomorphe sculptural forms. This lamp has some similarities with the Munega table lamp he designed in 1978. The Munega lamp is still in production by Vistosi.
This table lamp is made in the form of a deflated, dented or dimpled balloon. Made of three layers of glass and +- 1 cm / 0.39” thick; it is a heavy table lamp.
This lamp is not made by Vistosi, as the company has confirmed.
A striped version was found on the internet as a lamp made and designed by Lino Tagliapietra and produced by Effetre. Lino Tagliapietra is the master in striped Murano glass. Less complicated designs as he creates now were made for the La Murrina company in the 1960’s and 1970’s. You can find some examples here on Vintageinfo. Effetre is the specialist in glass rods for glass processing in all possible colours and designs such as millefiori. Lino Tagliapietra made many items for the Effetre company.
The Effetre company’s name is the abbreviated form of fratelli tre or three brothers. The company originates from the 19th century Moretti factory. Moretti or Effetre glass, is a medium-soft glass and is well known for its wide range of colours and the ease with which it is moulded and shaped when hot. Today the firm is named Effetre Murano S.r.l.
Effetre is the sole glass manufacturer in Murano of this type of glass. This feature makes the company to be well-known worldwide.
All the electric parts were made by VLM Components in the late 60s, early 70s. The VLM Components company was founded in 1945 in Buccinasco, a small village near Milan, Italy. VLM Components is part of the Relco Group, founded in 1967. Today they are the owners of the brands Relco, Leuci, Relco Lighting, VLM Components and Segno. VLM Components became famous for the switches they produce which were designed by Achille Castiglioni in 1968.
Links (external links open in a new window)
Vistosi history on their website
Effetre Murano website
Effetre glass- Wikipedia
Facebook Effetre Murano
Luciano Vistosi in the Murano glass Museum
Luciano Vistosi – Wikipedia
Vetreria Vistosi – Wikipedia
Biography of Luciano Vistosi on the Murano Glass Museum website
Inexhibit: The sculpture of Vistosi at the Murano Glass Museum
History of Murano – Wikipedia
Murano glass blowing – Wikipedia
Murano glass Museum
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