Aluclair 1970s Brutalist Table Lamp
Materials: Round aluminium, burned lampshade. Big, thick aluminium tube used as base. Metal strip. White Bakelite socket.
Height: 54 cm / 21.25”
Width: 26 cm / 10.23”
Base: ∅ 9 cm / 3.54”
Electricity: 1 bulb E27, 1 x 75 watt maximum, 110/220 volt.
Any type of light bulb with an E27 socket can be used.
Period: 1960s, 1970s – Mid-Century Modern – Brutalist.
Designer: Willy Luyckx.
Manufacturer: Aluclair, Lembeek, Belgium.
Other versions: This Aluclair 1970s brutalist table lamp exists in many varieties. Another one with a maroon lampshade is on display here on Vintageinfo.
Willy Luyckx was a goldsmith who worked for goldsmith Camille Colruyt before starting his own business in the 1960s. He also had an art center in nearby municipality Sint-Pieters-Leeuw. Under the name Aluclair he produced a hole range of items in this style, all made in this burned aluminium; ashtrays, candlesticks and more than 10 different lamps such as this one. The Aluclair company was active in the 1960s and 1970s. Willy Luyckx died a long time ago.
It’s possible that the design of these lamps is based on/inspired by a design by Pierre Forsell, who designed lamps in brass in this style in 1965 for the Swedish company Skultuna Bruk, as you can see below. At least there are enough similarities.
Lembeek is a small village in the municipality of Halle, some 20 km/ 12.4 mi from Brussels, Belgium.