Bilumen Ballon Ceiling Lamp
Materials: White polyethylene (plastic) lampshade in a balloon form. Black round plastic canopy. Bakelite socket.
Height: 37 cm / 14.56”
Width: 50 cm / 19.68”
Depth: 33 cm / 12.99”
Electricity: 1 bulb E27, max 75 watt, 110/220 volt.
Any type of light bulb can be used, not a specific one preferred. For this setup a white bulb was used, it gives the best result.
Designer: Yves Christin in 1984.
Manufacturer: Bilumen srl, Milan, Italy.
Other versions: Exists in several colours and 2 sizes, the smallest is 26 cm / 10,23”. This flush mount can be used as a wall lamp but can also easily be converted into a table lamp.
Bilumen was founded in 1910 by Alfredo Bianchi and it is a family business. The company started as A. Bianchi, a chandeliers producer. In 1969 the name changed into Bilumen. Bilumen is a contraction of Bianchi and Lumen.
Lumen is the SI derived unit of luminous flux, a measure of the total quantity of visible light emitted by a light source (symbol: lm).
Designers that worked for the company: Nuccio Bertone, Rodolfo Bonetto, Sergio Asti (the Paracarro lamp), Giugiaro Design, Vittorio Gregotti, Isao Hosoe (Valenti Hebi lamp), Hans Von Klier, Richard Sapper, Marco Zanuso, De Pas d’Urbino Lomazzi, Giorgina Castiglioni and many others.
Until 2018 the Ballon (French) or Palloncino (Italian for balloon) lamp was manufactured by Illum Kunstlicht from The Netherlands. It was made in 3 sizes: small, medium and big. The medium lamp is 35 cm / 13.77”. It is no longer in production.
Little is known about the French designer Yves Christin, but he also designed furniture for Antonageli, Biobject and Airborn.
According to the book “La Cote Du Design Edition 2010-2011, page 200” this lamp was designed in 1975, but on the Bilumen website they say 1984.
Beware when you buy one, often the colorful ball is missing.