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.
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.
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