Aluminor UFO Desk Lamp
Materials: Orange and white painted aluminium perforated saucer shape lampshade in two parts. Orange painted iron base. Some iron parts. Brass and porcelain socket.
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. However, a small one gives the best result.
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.
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.
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.