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1970s Purple Aluminium Table Lamp

Materials: Purple painted aluminium. Chromed metal (iron), aluminium reflector inside the globe. Bakelite 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: Made in many models and colours.

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


Table lamps like this one appear in a 1970s catalogue as lamps made by Elma.
Elma is a 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

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 450 switch, made in white and black.

VLM Components was founded in 1945 in Buccinasco, a small village near Milan, Italy. 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.

1970s Purple Aluminium Table Lamp - Elma Table Lamp

1970s Purple Aluminium Table Lamp - 1970s Elma Table Lamp - VLM 450 switch