1970s Mushroom Table Lamp
Materials: White acrylic mushroom lampshade with a chrome plastic rim. Round white acrylic base. Some plastic parts. Bakelite socket.
Height: 22,5 cm / 8.85”
Lampshade: ∅ 20 cm / 7.87”
Base: ∅ 13,5 cm / 5.31”
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.
Period: 1970s – Mid-Century Modern.
Designer: To be appraised.
Manufacturer: iGuzzini, Via Mariano Guzzini, 37. 62019, Recanati, Italy.
Other versions: This 1970s mushroom table lamp was made in several colours as you can see below in a catalogue picture of the German retailer Otto.
iGuzzini illuminazione was established in June 1958 by Raimondo Guzzini (born 1928) under the name Harvey. Harvey is derived from the famous movie ‘Harvey’ with James Stuart and the invisible rabbit Harvey from 1950.
The initial production of enamelled copper objects was supplemented by decorative luminaires.
In the early sixties it became a family business when his 5 brothers joined the company. In 1962 Luigi Massoni was attracted to lead the design team. He worked for Fratelli Guzzini and Harvey Guzzini until 1976. Luigi Massoni designed many iconic lamps in that period.
The company still exists and changed the name in 1974 into iGuzzini and in 1981 to iGuzzini illuminazione.
All the electric parts of this lamp were made by the Italian VLM Components company in the 70s. VLM Components is located in Buccinasco, near Milan. The company is famous for the switches they produce that are designed by Achille Castigilioni in 1968. The switch of this 1970s mushroom table lamp is model 450. It is the small switch designed by Achille Castiglioni. He designed several switches for VLM Components. You can find them over here on Vintageinfo. VLM Components produced electric parts for almost every light company in Europe.
Acrylic: often named by its commercial name: Perspex, Plexiglas, Crylux, Acrylite, Lucite, is a (mostly) transparent thermoplastic.
The Otto Group is a mail order company and one of the world’s biggest e-commerce companies. Pricing was in Deutsche Mark in the 70s. 1 Mark is 0,5 Euro/dollar.