Aluminor Gooseneck UFO Desk Lamp
Materials: Mint green painted iron base, painted with wrinkle paint. It has a built-in switch. Some iron parts. Brass gooseneck and rod. Mint green painted aluminium UFO lampshade, painted with wrinkle paint. Brass E27 socket with a porcelain ring.
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: The Aluminor gooseneck UFO desk lamp was made several colours. The lampshade was used for several lamps, all with a different base. Also painted with hammer paint and a chrome or brass gooseneck, as you can see in the photos from the movies.
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.
All the electric parts were made by VLM Components. VLM Components was founded in 1945 in Buccinasco, a small village near Milan, Italy. VLM Components is part of the Relco Group, founded in 1967. Today they are the owners of the brands Relco, Leuci, Relco Lighting, VLM Components and Segno. VLM Components became famous for the switches they produce which were designed by Achille Castiglioni in 1968.
Lamps in the movies!
An Aluminor gooseneck UFO desk lamp was used as a prop in the French comedy film Bienvenue Chez Les Ch’tis from 2008. The English title is Welcome to the Sticks. Starring: Kad Merad, Dany Boon and Zoé Félix. In this superb comedy this lamp was used as a bedside lamp.
Two Aluminor UFO desk lamps with a curved chrome rod appears in the 1970 French comedy film L’ Homme Orchestre (The Band). Starring Louis de Funès, Noëlle Adam and Olivier de Funès.
An Aluminor UFO desk lamp with the same lampshade was used as a prop in the French comedy film Le Gendarme En Balade (The gendarme to stroll). Starring Louis de Funès, Jean Lefebvre, Michel Galabru and Claude Gensac.
An Aluminor UFO desk lamp with the same lampshade appears in the 1970 Franco-Italian crime film Le Cercle Rouge (The Red Circle). Starring Alain Delon, Andre Bourvil, Yves Montandand Gian Maria Volonté. Many lamps were used as a prop in this movie. It was the fifth most popular film of the year in France.