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Diabolo Bedside Lamp

Materials: Brass. Light-blue painted aluminium lampshade, white painted inside. White and dark-blue painted brass flowers. Brass and porcelain socket.

Lampshade: ∅ 9 & 5,5 cm / 3.54” & 2.16”

Height: 23 cm / 9.05”

Width: ∅ 15 cm / 5.90”

Electricity: 1 bulb E14, 1 x 40 watt maximum, 110/220 volt.
Any type of light bulb can be used, but a small light bulb is preferred.

Period: 1950s – Mid-Century Modern.

Designer: To be appraised.

Manufacturer: To be appraised.


Diabolo is the name given to the shape of the lampshade. The diabolo lampshades were very popular in the 1950s. You can find several examples on Vintageinfo.

The diabolo, some yo-yo, has it’s origin in China. It’s a double-coned bobbin that can be twirled, tossed, and caught on a string secured by two sticks, one held in each hand. The first diabolo’s were made of bamboo and they made some whistling sound.

In the eighteenth century, the diabolo became known in England and France. 

The term “diabolo” was made up by French engineer Gustave Phillippart, who developed the modern diabolo in the early twentieth century and then was re-released. Since then, it has been widespread.

VLM Components

The wiring, plug and switch were made in the 1950s by the Italian VLM Components company, located in Buccinasco, a small village near Milan.

Diabolo Bedside Lamp 1950s 1960s brass light blue lampshade 2 flowers MCM