Bottega Gadda Brass Leaf Table Lamp
Materials: Moulded brass leaf lampshade. Ring shaped brass base made of a square rod. Bakelite socket.
Height: 25 cm / 9.84”
Width: 45 cm / 17.71”
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.
Period: 1970s, 1980s – Hollywood Regency.
Designer: Carlo Giorgi.
Manufacturer: Bottega Gadda, 6, via Gentilino, 20136 Milan, Italy.
Other versions: Carlo Giorgi designed several lamps in this Bottega Gadda brass leaf table lamp style. Later 80s versions of this lamp have gold painted Bakelite sockets.
Bottega Gadda (Gadda’s boutique) was founded in Milan in 1970 as an artisan workshop for metalworking and lamp production by Carlo Gadda. Carlo Gadda was a painter, sculptor, engraver and professor of drawing at the Academy of Fine Arts (Accademia di Belle Arti di Brera).
His first works for his company were sculptures and lamps made of precious metals and gemstones. He designed many lighting fixtures and decorative objects in brass, copper, bronze and pewter. In the 70s this “Hollywood Regency” style became popular.
The most well known creations of that time were the leaf lamps designed by Carlo Giorgi, an Italian designer and architect, also from Milan. Many of his designs were produced for a very long time, until the end of the company in 2016. All kinds of leaf lamps were made. In the form of rhubarb, butterbur, ginkgo (maidenhair tree), and several others.
Silvio Gadda, Carlo’s son, took over the company and later it was owned by Claudio Giannuzzi. Giannuzzi was a long time craftsman at the workshop. He expanded the business and worked with internationally renowned architects and designers. In recent years Bottega Gadda produced many nice lamps. You can find some of them online on their Facebook account (still active in 2018). The website of the company is on hold.
Tommaso Barbi is a long gone furniture and lighting company from Rome, Italy. It has nothing to do with this lamp.
Many thanks to Hans from Objeta for the beautiful pictures and enthusiasm.