1980s Lamella Moon Table Lamp
Materials: Stainless steel base and ring. Chrome screws. Plastic slats (PVC). Some metal and electric parts. Silver painted Bakelite socket.
Height: 40 cm / 15.74”
Width: 31,5 cm / 12.40”
Base: ∅ 15 cm / 5.90”
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, 1980s – Mid-Century Modern.
Designer: To be appraised.
Manufacturer: To be appraised.
Other versions: This lamp was and is made by many companies. Todays editions of this table lamp are most of all made in China and are sold under many names. There is no label present, unfortunately. The electrical components suggest that it is a lamp that was made in between the late 1970s and early 1980s.
This lamp is a copy of the Moon pendant lamp designed by Verner Panton (1926-1989) in 1960. Verpan never produced a table lamp. However, French designer Henri Mathieu designed a similar table lamp in the 60s, but completely made of aluminium.
Both Verpan, the Verner Panton company and Mathieu Lustrerie still produce these lamps. In 2018 the Moon pendant lamp was available in 5 versions. The biggest lamp is 150 cm / 59” wide.
The “Spirales cinétiques” lamps (spiral kinetics) by Henri Mathieu are available in several versions, all in aluminium.
The design of these lamps by Henri Mathieu were inspired by the design of galvanized sheet metal chimney caps, according to his sons Régis website.
In 2002 Nico Heilmann made his version of the Henri Mathieu lamps for the German company Tecnolumen, also in plastic. It is named La Perle, French for the pearl.
Louis Weisdorf designed similar lamps in the late 1960s for the Lyfa company from Denmark. His Konkylie lamp model P483 is probably the most well known.
Links (external links open in a new window)
Verner Panton Moon lamps on the Verpan website
Verner Panton – Wikipedia
Henri Mathieu lamps on the Mathieu Lustrerie website
Régis Mathieu blog
Régis Mathieu – Henri Mathieu – Wikipedia
Lyfa lamps by Louis Weisdorf on Danish-lights.com
La Perle table lamp by Tecnolumen
Verner Panton lamps on Vintageinfo
Henri Mathieu lamps on Vintageinfo