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1970s Purple Globe Table Lamp

Materials: Purple rectangular slanting aluminium base, iron counterweight inside. 2 chromed metal (iron) slats. Adjustable purple painted aluminium eyeball lampshade. Aluminium reflector inside. Bakelite E14 socket.

Height: 25,5 cm / 10.03”

Base: 13,2 x 11 cm / 5.19 x 4.33”

Electricity: 1 bulb E14, 1 x 60 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: Elma, Ljubljana, Slovenia.

Other versions: This 1970s purple globe table lamp exists in many models and colours.

These table lamps or desk lamps are often attributed to Gepo, Anvia and Herda, 3 lighting producers from The Netherlands. However, these lamps were never made or sold by these companies.


Elma is a former Yugoslavian electrical device company. They produced electrical household appliances and lights from a high quality and design. Elma is located in Ljubljana, Slovenia. Today they produce transformers and relays. The ELMA TT company is consist of 4 companies based in Germany, Austria, Slovenia and Serbia

VLM Components

All the electric parts are made by VLM Components from Buccinasco near Milan in Italy. This lamp has a rare seen version of a switch designed by Achille Castiglioni (1918 – 2002); the VLM model 450 switch. It is made in white with a black slider.

VLM Components was founded in 1945 in Buccinasco, a small village near Milan, Italy. The company is part of the Relco Group, founded in 1967. Today they are the owners of the brands Relco, Leuci, Relco Lighting, VLM and Segno.

1970s Purple Aluminium Globe Table Lamp chrome rectangular base adjustable Elma Yugoslavia Slovenia MCM

VLM Components black and white switch 475 - design Achille Castiglioni in 1968