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1980s Dove Desk Lamp

Materials: Anthracite coloured polycarbonate. Arm supports in molibdenum steel. Transformer inside the round base. Some metal parts. Porcelain socket.

Height: 75 cm / 29.52” – adjustable

Lampshade: ∅ 18,5 x 6 cm / 7.28 x 2.36”

Base: ∅ 12 cm / 4.72”

Electricity: 1 bulb GY 6,35 or QT-12, 1 x 50 watt maximum, 220/12 volt.
Any type of GY 6,35 or QT-12 halogen light bulb on 12 volt can be used, not a specific one preferred. Also G4 light bulbs can be used.

Period: 1980s.

Designer: Marco Colombo and Mario Barbaglia in 1984.

Manufacturer: PAF Studio, Milan, Italy.

Other Versions: This 1980s Dove desk lamp was made in several colours. It has a double intensity switch.

Mario Barbaglia was born in 1950 in Milan, Italy. He graduated in architecture from the Politecnico di Milano (Milan Polytechnic), where he was a pupil of Paolo Portoghesi. Paolo Portoghesi was dean of the Faculty of Architecture at the Politecnico di Milano university from 1968 until 1978.

In 1975 Mario Barbaglia opened an office with Marco Colombo. In the beginning they focused on interior design projects for commercial areas. Later, in 1984, Mario Barbaglia and Marco Colombo started working with PAF Studio from Milan, later named Italiana Luce. The Dove desk lamp was one of their first designs for PAF Studio. Many objects by the duo received international prizes and are to be found in the collections of museums all over the world. They remained partners until 1999.

PAF Studio

Whatever happened with PAF Studio, what later became Italiana Luce is unclear. Today the Dove desk lamp is produced by NEMO Lighting from Milan. The NEMO company was founded in 1993. Whether the company is the successor of Italiana Luce is unclear. NEMO s.r.l. produces lamps designed by Mario Bellini, Vico Magistretti, Karim Rashid, Le Corbusier (Charles-Édouard Jeanneret-Gris), Roberto Paoli, Carlo Forcolini and many others. 

Lamps in the movies!

The 1980s Dove desk lamp appears in the French TV thriller miniseries “La Mante” (The Mantis) from 2017. Starring Carole Bouquet, Fred Testot and Jacques Weber. It is a series about a serial killer in Paris, France.

1980s Dove desk lamp used as a prop in the French TV-series La Mante from 2017

1980s Dove desk lamp design: Marco Colombo, Mario Barbaglia in 1984 halogen GY6 bulb black PAF Studio Nemo Lighting