André Ricard Metalarte Table Lamp
Materials: Chromed metal (iron) ring for the base. 3 chrome rods and parts. White round metal plate. White opal half round glass dome on top. Metal with porcelain socket.
Height: 52 cm / 20.47”
Width: ∅ 27 cm / 10.62”
Electricity: 1 bulb E27, 1 x 75 watt maximum, 110/220 volt.
Any type of light bulb can be used, not a specific one preferred.
Period: 1960s, 1970s – Mid-Century Modern.
Designer: André Ricard in 1969.
Manufacturer: Metalarte, Paseo de la Ribera 115, Canovelles, Barcelona, Spain.
Other versions: This André Ricard Metalarte table lamp also exists as a wall lamp. It won an iF Design Award in 1972.
André Ricard Sala was born June 18, 1929 in Barcelona, Spain. Ricard is an industrial designer. He designed mostly for Spanish companies, but also for firms such as Gaggia (coffee machines), Nestlé, Moulinex, Paco Rabanne, Pierre Fabre, Milus, Pierre Junod, Baume & Mercier and others.
He designed many lamps for Metalarte, the Tatu desktop spotlight from 1972 is his most famous. You can find it over here on Vintageinfo.
André Ricard received many awards, to name a few: the Spanish National Design Prize in 1987, the Catalan Saint George Cross and the IOC Olympic Order in 1993, in France the Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres in 1998 and the Chevalier de la Légion d’Honneur in 2011.
The Metalarte company was founded in 1932 in Cannoveles, some 30 km/19 mi from Barcelona in Catalonia, Spain. In the 1960s and 1970s it renewed its catalogue and started working with external designers and companies. For instance, they sold lamps produced by Louis Poulsen from Denmark and Arteluce and Stilnovo from Italy. Today the company is part of the Luxonia group. Together with the Troll and Sagelux brands.
Designers that worked for Metalarte are, among others: André Ricard, Enric Franch, Josep Lluscà, Estudi Blanc, Josep Aregall, Oscar and Sergi Devesa, Antoni Arola, Lievore Altherr Molina, Ricard Ferrer, George W. Hansen, Héctor Serrano, Jordi Llopis, Ana Mir, Emili Padrós, Otto Canalda and Ramón Úbeda.