Aluminor Gooseneck UFO Desk Lamp
Materials: Mint green painted aluminium UFO saucer shape lampshade, painted with wrinkle paint. Mint green painted iron base, also with wrinkle paint. Some iron parts. Brass gooseneck and rod. Switch on the base. Brass and porcelain socket.
Height: 40 cm / 15.74”
Lampshade: ∅ 25 cm / 9.84”
Base: ∅ 13 cm / 5.11”
Electricity: 1 bulb E27, 1 x 60 watt maximum, 110/220 volt.
Any type of light bulb can be used, not a specific one preferred.
Period: 1950s, 1960s – Mid-Century Modern.
Designer: To be appraised.
Manufacturer: Aluminor, Nice, France.
Other versions: Made several colours. The lampshade was used for several lamps, all with a different base. Also painted with hammer paint and a chrome gooseneck, as you can see in the photos.
André Lavigne established Aluminor in Nice at the Côte d’Azur – the French Riviera in 1950 to manufacture camera shutters. A year later the company grows and develops into manufacturing lighting appliances, first as a subcontractor, then with its own products. In 1974 they moved to the Contes and they started to export their lighting to the United States. Over the years the company expanded and built a number of new workshops. The company still exists and they still produce lighting.
The electric parts were made by the VLM Components company from Buccinasco, near Milan in Italy. Today VLM Components is owned By Relco. It is one of the biggest suppliers of switches, cords and plugs in Europe. VLM Components became famous because of the switches they produce that were designed by Achille Castiglione in 1968.
Links (external links open in a new window)
Aluminor’s bio on their website
Nice (city) on Wikipedia
Contes, Alpes-Maritimes on Wikipedia
VLM Components switches on Vintageinfo
Another 1950s Aluminor lamp on Vintageinfo
1950s banana yellow Aluminor desk lamp on Vintageinfo
Other Aluminor lamps on Vintageinfo
Many thanks to Lluís from Eclectique Vintage for the photos and the enthusiasm.