A burned aluminium table lamp was used as a prop in the 1979 film “Meteor” with Sean Connery, Natalie Wood and Karl Malden. An Hong Kong–American science fiction disaster film in which scientists detect an asteroid on a collision course with our planet.
Many thanks to Frank from Flowermountain.be for the photos and the enthusiasm.
Aluclair 1970s Brutalist Table Lamp
Materials: Aluminium (burned). 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.
Designer: Willy Luyckx.
Manufacturer: Aluclair, Lembeek, Belgium.
Other versions: Made 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.
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Pierre Forsell table lamp for Skultuna Bruk, Sweden
Another Aluclair table lamp designed by W. Luyckx.