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1970s Lamsar Pendant Lamp
Materials: Round industrial style lampshade made of 3 red painted metal (iron) parts. Brass E27 socket with a porcelain ring.
Cord Length: 60 cm / 23.62”
Height: 35 cm / 13.77”
Width: ∅ 30 cm / 11.81”
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. For this setup a silver capped bulb was used.
Period: 1970s – Mid-Century Modern.
Designer: Roberto Menghi (1920 – 2006).
Manufacturer: Candle, Milan, Italy.
Other versions: This 1970s Lamsar pendant lamp exists in many colours.
A small version (9,2 x 12 cm – 3.62 x 4.72”)with a 12 volt halogen bulb volt was made by Candle in the 1980s. They were made in chrome and have a perforated lampshade, the name is Lamparina.
It was sold by in Spain by Lamsar, in Germany it was sold by Sompex.
Roberto Menghi, born in Milan, January 14, 1920, graduated in 1944 at the Milan Polytechnic. He specialised in architecture and interior and industrial design. Menghi took part in the World War II, with the rank of lieutenant. After the armistice, his refusal to join the Social Republic led to his internment at the Częstochowa concentration camp.
At the end of the conflict he married Cristiana Sella, and opened a studio in Milan. In addition to architecture, he was also interested in industrial design.
Menghi was awarded twice at the Triennale with the Grand Prize for the glass and design sections and twice with the Compasso d’Oro.
Roberto Menghi is passionately dedicated to the renovation of buildings of particular artistic interest, such as the Palazzo dei Giureconsulti in Milan. In the seventies he worked with Bormioli Rocco, dealing with product and corporate identity.
Menghi has taught Architecture at the Universities of Venice and Milan and Design at the Nuova Accademia in Milan and at the Academy of Bath.
Roberto Menghi passed away April 20, 2006.
The Candle company was located in Milan, Italy. It had seats in Rome and Turin. Not much info can be found about it. In 1993 FontanaArte acquired Candle.
No information can be found about the Valencian company that was at least active in the 70’s and 80’s. The most well known designer was Eduardo Albors.
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Eduardo Albors was born in Valencia in 1949. He studied Applied Arts and Business and is an Industrial Designer. Albors founded Caps I Mans in 1972 where he developed industrial design work and graphic and interior design for many companies, not only lighting such as Lamsar.
In 1984 Eduardo Albors took charge of the department of Product and Image design of Ronda Iluminaçao (lighting) in Sao Paulo, Brazil and up to 1989 he lived and worked between Valencia and Sao Paulo.
In 1985, Caps I Mans, NBC and other designers create a collective design named La Nave.
Eduardo Albors designed appliances, ceramics, furniture, glasses, plastics, textiles, toys, shoes, dental equipment, electronics and ultrasound. In domestic lighting and technique he developed more than 200 projects for several companies.
For Lamsar he designed lamps from 1972 until 1980. They are all on his website. He not only designed lighting for the company but he was also responsible for image and product advice, Brand and logo graphic design, catalogue design, artistic photography direction, packaging design, publicity and promotion direction, office interior design and 25 lamps.
He designed lighting for Lamsar (1972 – 1983), Ronda (1984 – 1990), Zass (1988 – 1993); DeO (1999 – 2002), Zeramic (2003 – 2004) and for Zul since 2002. Except for Ronda, they are all lighting companies from Valencia, Spain.
1970s Lamsar Pendant Lamp – Het Grote Handboek Voor ”Beter Wonen” – 1977
This Candle pendant lamp appears in the 1977 book Het grote handboek voor “beter wonen”. (The big manual for “better living”) Compiled by Roland Göök and published by Uitgeverij Helmond (The Netherlands) and Uitgeverij Heideland-Orbis (Belgium). The original book is German: Schöner Wohnen – Das große praktische Einrichtungsbuch. Published by Mosaik Verlag GmbH, Munich, in 1976.
This book is easy to find in second hand shops, charity shops or even an antiquarian for a few euros. Many other lamps appear in it.