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Aluminium Mushroom Desk Lamps

Materials: Round base. Cast iron counterweight inside the base. Aluminium rod or tube. Anodised, brushed and polished aluminium mushroom lampshades with a hole in the middle. Some iron parts. Bakelite E27 sockets.

Big lamp:

Height: 38 cm  / 14.96”

Width: ∅ 32 cm / 12.59”

Base: ∅ 15 cm / 5.90”

Small Lamp:

Height: 31 cm / 2.20”

Width: ∅ 28 cm / 11.02”

Base: ∅ 15 cm / 5.90”

Electricity: 1 bulb E27, 1 x 75 watt maximum, 110/220 volt.
Any type of light bulb can be used. But preferably a silver cap/crown/bowl light bulb.

Period: 1960s , 1970s – Mid-Century Modern.

Designer: To be appraised.

Manufacturer: Société Anonyme Boulanger, Liege, Belgium.

Other versions: These aluminium mushroom desk lamps were also made in brass. Other lamps by Boulanger were made with the same shiny and brushed design on the lampshade.

Made in the style of the famous Louis Kalff desk lamps designed for Philips.


Unfortunately, not much is known about the company. S.A. Boulanger is famous for the large amount of lamps the company produced that are designed by Gaetano Sciolari. S.A. Boulanger ended business somewhere in the early 1980s. There is nothing to be found in the Belgian Official Journal about the company/factory. The journal goes back to 1983. The company is not to be confused by the other Boulanger company from Belgium: Les Ateliers Boulanger NV from Brussels.

VLM Components

All the electric parts were made by VLM Components in the 1960s. The company was founded in 1945 in Buccinasco, a small village near Milan, Italy. The company became famous for the switches they produce since 1968, designed by Achille Castiglioni.
VLM is part of the Relco Group, founded in 1967. Today they are the owners of the brands RelcoLeuciRelco LightingVLM and Segno.

Aluminium Mushroom Desk Lamps polished brushed anodized aluminium produced by S.A. Boulanger Belgium 1960s 1970s MCM

Aluminium Mushroom Desk Lamps polished brushed anodized aluminium produced by S.A. Boulanger Belgium 1960s 1970s MCM