Boulanger Brass Floor Lamp
Materials: Completely made of brass. The lampshade is painted white on the inside. Iron counterweight in the round base. Swing arm pliable in every direction. Bakelite socket.
Height: 114 cm / 44.88”, adjustable until 177 cm / 69.68”
Width: 60 cm / 23.62” adjustable swing arm.
Base: ∅ 28,5 cm / 11.22”
Electricity: 1 bulb E14, 1 x 100 watt maximum, 110/220 volt.
Any type of light bulb can be used, not a specific one preferred. For this setup a long frosted bulb was used.
Period: 1970s, 1980s.
Designer: To be appraised.
Manufacturer: Société Anonyme Boulanger, Liège, Belgium. (Limited company)
Other versions: Made in a few variations over the years. Several different dimmers and also produced with only a switch. Also made with a base without a brushed design. This lamp is model 5221, as labeled on the Relco dimmer designed by Ezio Didone in 1981.
Unfortunately, not much is known about the company. S.A. Boulanger is famous for the large amount of lamps the company produced that are designed by Gaetano Sciolari. S.A. Boulanger ended business somewhere in the early 1980s. There is nothing to be found in the Belgian Official Journal about the company/factory. The journal goes back to 1983. The company is not to be confused by the other Boulanger lighting company from Belgium: Les Ateliers Boulanger NV from Brussels.
Many companies around the world produced floor lamps such as this one. These type of lights are still in production and they are made for some 100 years. The original designer is unknown. Cedric Hartman is one of those designers that created several lamps in this style in the 60s. An Egoluce desk lamp in this style can be found on Vintageinfo.
The Ezio Didone RT 81 dimmer was produced by Relco from Buccinasco near Milan in Italy. Relco is famous for the switches they produce that are designed by Achille Castiglioni (1918 – 2002) and were produced by the VLM Components company since 1968. VLM Components is part of Relco.
Relco RT81 dimmer designed by Ezio Didone in 1981.