Aluminor UFO Desk Lamp
Materials: Orange painted round flat iron base. Orange and white painted UFO style lampshade made of two aluminium parts. Some iron parts. Brass E14 socket with a porcelain ring.
Height: 26 cm / 10.23”
Lampshade: ∅ 22 cm / 8.66”
Base: ∅ 12 cm / 4.72”
Electricity: 1 bulb E14, 1 x 40 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: This Aluminor UFO desk lamp exists in several colours. The lampshade was used for many other lamps, all with a different base. The design of the lampshade is reminiscent to a design by the Italian designer Oscar Torlasco for Lumi, his model 567 desk lamp fom 1959.
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!
A gold coloured Aluminor UFO desk lamp with a the same lampshade, but another base, was used as a prop in the Italian crime TV mini series Maltese – Il Romanzo del Commissario from 2017. Starring Kim Rossi Stuart and Rike Schmid.
Links (external links open in a new window)
Aluminor’s bio on their website
Nice (city) – Wikipedia
Contes, Alpes-Maritimes – Wikipedia
Oscar Torlasco, model 567, Lumi – Google Images
Maltese – Il Romanzo del Commissario (2017) – IMDb