Arquímedes Tramo Wall Lamp
Materials: Round black painted metal (iron) wall mount. Beech wood rod. Square conical black painted lampshade, painted white on the inside. Some metal and plastic parts. Bakelite socket.
Lampshade: 19 x 19 cm / 7.48 x 7.48”
Wall Mount: ∅ 8 cm / 3.14”
Depth: 50 cm / 19.68”
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: 1970s – Mid-Century Modern.
Designers: Gemma Bernal and Ramón Isern in 1974.
Manufacturer: Tramo, Barcelona, Spain.
Other versions: This Arquímedes Tramo wall lamp exists as a floor lamp, table lamp and clamp lamp. Made in several colours.
These range of lamps were first produced by Tramo from 1974 until 1975. The García Garay company produced the floor lamp in 1975 in another version. They were made with a lampshade in fabric and the arm and base in black painted wood. In 1996 Vibea produced the floor lamp and from 2011 until 2013 Aromas del Campo produced the floor and table lamp.
Gemma Bernal, born in 1948 and raised in Barcelona, is a well known industrial designer. Since 1968 she has worked with Ramón Isern at the Bernal Isern company. Together they designed numerous items, among others these range of lamps for Tramo in 1974. They created furniture, lighting, toys, telephones, glassware, tableware and so on.
In 1998 Gemma founded her company Gemma Bernal & Associats. Since 2004 she runs her own office, Gemma Bernal, design. From 1990 until 2012 she combined her designing with teaching, giving classes at EINA, Barcelona (University of Design and Art). In the same period she was also professor for the ESDI (Higher School of Design in Sabadell, Barcelona).
Gemma Bernal designed for many companies around the world. Lamps were designed for Tramo, Leds-C4, Valentí, Vibia, B.Lux, Urbes 21 and GRUPO T.
Bernal received many awards. The Delta de Oro ADI-FAD award in 1969 for a Raydor telephone, her first award. The most recent is the Red Dot Award 2019 for the Hide collection for RAK porcelain. A full biography can be found on her website.
Ramón Isern, not to be confused with sculptor, painter and graphic artist Ramón Isern Solé (1914-1989), is a specialist in designing furniture, lighting and packaging. He was born in Barcelona in 1942. He received numerous awards for his creations. Isern designed for companies such as Vibia, GrupoT, Punt Mobles and Sellex. Today he is an independent designer.
The Tramo – Trabajos molestos – Annoying works company was founded in the 1950’s by Miguel Milá together with two friends, architects F. Ribas Barangé and E. Pérez Ullibari.
Many lamps were designed, among others the TMC and TMM lamps in 1958 and 1961. These beautiful floor lamps are still in production by Santa & Cole. Later in the sixties he set up his own design studio.
In the 60’s Miguel Milá founded the the ADI-FAD, the Industrial Design Association, together with Antoni de Moragas, André Ricard, Bohigas, Cirici Pellicer, Manel Cases and Rafael Marquina.