Acrylic Globe Floor Lamp
Materials: Chromed metal (iron) round base. Round metal lid on the bottom. Some metal and brass parts inside the base. Half round white acrylic lampshade. Some metal parts. Pressed aluminium reflector. 3 Bakelite sockets.
Height: 37 cm / 14.56”
Width: ∅ 40 cm / 15.74”
Base: ∅ 29,8 cm / 11.73”
Electricity: 1 bulb E27, 1 x 75 watt. 2 bulbs E14, 1 x 40 watt maximum, 110/220 volt.
Any type of light bulb can be used, not a specific one preferred.
For this setup a silver cupped light bulb was used. Inside 2 frosted normal E14 bulbs.
Period: 1960s, 1970s – Mid-Century Modern.
Designer: To be appraised.
Manufacturer: Harvey Guzzini, today named iGuzzini illuminazione S.p.A, via Mariano Guzzini, 37, 62019, Recanati, Italy – ATTRIBUTED.
Other versions: This acrylic globe floor lamp exists in 2 versions. This floor lamp model and an arc floor lamp with a cubic marble base. The light bulbs inside can be lit separate.
Harvey Guzzini – Laurel Lamp MFG
This floor lamp is a rare seen lamp, but the arc floor lamp is common. The arc floor lamp has the same globe and parts and the 3 lamp sockets. Always described as a “Harvey Guzzini floor lamp for Laurel“, an American company. But the only label I have seen in 20 years is 1 lamp with a label from the Laurel Lamp MFG Co Inc. company. Never a label of Harvey Guzzini appears. Very strange for a lamp by this company. Also my arc floor lamp and this acrylic globe floor lamp have no label. It is unlikely that Laurel produced these lamps, because my lamps were acquired in Germany and Belgium. Many of these lamps appear in Europe, and also in a French, as you can see.
Certainly in the Harvey Guzzini style, but is it a Guzzini lamp? I’ve never seen them in a catalogue…
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The Laurel Lamp company of Newark, New Jersey, USA was active from the 40s until the 70s. They not only produced lighting, but the company also sold several lamps from European designers and manufactures. They were located at 111 Rome Street.
iGuzzini illuminazione was established in June 1958 by Raimondo Guzzini (born 1928) under the name Harvey. Harvey is derived from the famous movie ‘Harvey’ with James Stuart and the invisible rabbit Harvey from 1950.
The initial production of enamelled copper objects was supplemented by decorative luminaires.
In the early sixties it became a family business when his 5 brothers joined the company. In 1962 Luigi Massoni was attracted to lead the design team. He worked for Fratelli Guzzini and Harvey Guzzini until 1976. Luigi Massoni designed many iconic lamps in that period.
The company still exists and changed the name in 1974 into iGuzzini and in 1981 to iGuzzini illuminazione.
Designers that worked for Harvey Guzzini – iGuzzini are, among others: Giò Ponti, Rodolfo Bonetto, Bruno Gecchelin, Renzo Piano, Norman Foster, Gae Aulenti, Piero Castiglioni, Jean-Michel Wilmotte, Mario Cucinella, Dean Skira, Renzo Piano, Massimo Iosa Ghini, Enzo Eusebi, Massimiliano e Doriana Fuksas, Jean-Marie Duthilleul, Maurici Ginès, Maurici Ginès, Roberto Pamio, Paul Andreau, Felice Ragazzo, Giuseppe De Goetzen, Franco Bresciani, Carlo Urbinati, Giuseppe Cormio, Ermanno Lampa, Sergio Brazzoli and of course Luigi Massoni.
Acrylic: often named by its commercial name: Perspex, Plexiglas, Crylux, Acrylite, Lucite, is a thermoplastic.
Lamps in the movies!
The arc floor lamp version of this acrylic globe floor lamp appears in the 1979 thriller film Bloodline. Starring Audrey Hepburn, Ben Gazzara, James Mason, Romy Schneider and Omar Sharif.
Links (external links open in a new window)
The iGuzzini website
Acrylic – Wikipedia
Harvey (1950) – the movie – Wikipedia
Bloodline (1979 film) – Wikipedia
Bloodline (1979 film) – IMDb
Un Éléphant Ça Trompe Énormément (1976) film – Wikipedia
Un Éléphant Ça Trompe Énormément (1976) film – IMDb