1970s Tramo Desk Lamp
Materials: White painted metal round base and rod. Cast iron counterweight. Elbow joint. Some metal parts. Acrylic white striped translucent conical lampshade. Bakelite E27 socket.
Height: 60 cm / 23.62”
Width: 45 cm / 17.71”
Base: 20 cm / 7.87”
Electricity: 1 bulb E27, 1 x 75 watt maximum, 110/220 volt.
Any type of light bulb can be used, not a specific one preferred.
Period: 1970s – Mid-Century Modern.
Designer: Joan Antoni Blanc.
Manufacturer: Tramo, Barcelona, Spain.
Other versions: This 1970s Tramo desk lamp exists in all probability in several colours.
Joan Antoni Blanc
Joan Antoni Blanc was born in 1940 in Tortosa, Tarragona, Spain. Together with his brother Oriol Blanc and Pau Joan Vidal he founded the design firm Estudi Blanc. They designed many items over the years. Lamps were designed for Tramo, Metalarte, Santa & Cole…
Joan Antoni Blanc was also involved in the birth of the EINA design school in 1967. EINA is the University Centre for Design and Art of Barcelona. It seems that he designed this series of lamps in the same year.
The Tramo – Trabajos molestos – Annoying works company was founded in the 1950s by Miguel Milá together with two friends, architects F. Ribas Barangé and E. Pérez Ullibari.
Many lamps were designed, among others the TMC and TMM lamps in 1958 and 1961. These beautiful floor lamps are still in production by Santa & Cole. Later in the sixties he set up his own design studio.
In 1960s Miguel Milá founded the the ADI-FAD, the Industrial Design Association, together with Antoni de Moragas, André Ricard, Bohigas, Cirici Pellicer, Manel Cases and Rafael Marquina.
The wiring, plug, switch and socket are Italian and they are made by VLM Components from Buccinasco near Milan in the seventies. The company became famous for the switches they produce since 1968, designed by Achille Castiglioni. This desk lamp is equipped with switch model 450.
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.
Acrylic: often named by its commercial name: Perspex, Plexiglas, Crylux, Acrylite, Lucite, is a (mostly) transparent thermoplastic.