1970s Glass Tubes Table Lamp
Materials: Round metal (iron) chromed base. Green felt on the bottom. 2 rows of hollow glass tubes, not rods. 20 in the outer circle, 12 in the inner circle. Made in white/opal and clear glass. Bakelite socket.
Height: 26 cm / 10.23”
Base: ∅ 10 cm / 3.93”
Bottom: ∅ 12 cm / 4.72”
Electricity: 1 bulb E14, 1 x 40 watt maximum, 110/220 volt.
Any type of light bulb can be used, not a specific one preferred. For this setup a white/opal tube bulb was used.
Period: 1960s, 1970s – Mid-Century Modern.
Designer: To be appraised.
Manufacturer: To be appraised.
Other versions: Unknown.
A rare seen lamp, maker unknown. Acquired in Florence, Italy. Lamp companies that are active in the region, are among others: Targetti, Martinelli Luce, Banci Firenze, Fantoni Ceramic Studio, Zaccagnini, Bitossi Ceramiche, Terzani, Fratelli Mannelli…
All the electric parts were made by VLM Components. The company was founded in 1945 in Buccinasco, a small village near Milan, Italy. The company became famous for the switches they produce since 1968, designed by Achille Castiglioni.
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.
This table lamp is equipped with the Achille Castiglioni VLM switch model 450 and a plug made since the late 1960s. Probably this lamp was made in the late 60s, early 70s.
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