Boulanger Brass Floor Lamp
Materials: Completely made of brass. Iron counterweight inside the round brass base. Revolving swing arm, pliable in every direction. The elongated triangular prism lampshade is painted white on the inside. Bakelite E14 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, Anderlecht, Belgium. (Limited company)
Other versions: This Boulanger brass floor lamp was 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 labelled on the Relco dimmer designed by Ezio Didone in 1981.
S.A. Boulanger was founded in Anderlecht, Belgium in 1945. The company is famous for the large amount of lights it produced that were designed by Gaetano Sciolari. At some point in the 1980s the company changed their name in Les Ateliers Boulanger NV.
It has long been thought that they were two different companies, but that is because a trader from Liège, Belgium persisted that the lamps came from Herstal, near Liège.
In 1996 the company had 11 employees. The firm moved in 1998 to the Martelarenlaan 155 in 3010 Kessel-Lo, near Leuven. In the period 1995 – 2001 Jean-Philippe Spalart was the CEO. He did a feasibility study for the transfer of the company to China, Eastern Europe and Africa. Relocation of the manufacture in Zimbabwe.
Boulanger was specialised in metal processing and manufacturers high-end lamps and lighting fixtures. Les Ateliers Boulanger ended business in 2006.
Massive & Boulanger
Massive sold several Boulanger models over the years. The only difference is the typical Massive canopy/ceiling cap and some other parts.
Old text from the 1990s
“Boulanger sells mainly in the high-end lighting markets in Belgium, Germany and Luxembourg. The growing sales in the US and in South Africa are of growing importance to the company. Due to the highly competitive market, having product with a high added value is very important. The intelligent lamp is an important advantage, compared to our competitors, and will increase our market share in an important way.
The most important local competitors are Massive, a Belgian company, market leader in Europe (turnover of 100 MEUR), Deknudt at Deerlijk (turnover 2.5 MEUR) and some 10 other Belgian competitors of its own size. There is important competition from southern European and Asian competitors. The market share of Boulanger is only a few percent of the share of the Belgian companies. It is a small company with a turnover of about 300 k EURO.”
“Most Boulanger lamps are low voltage and halogen lamps (220V up to 300W or 12V up to 50W).
The products are sold to retail shops. In Belgium, about 300 retail shops sell its products. There are around 40 retail shops abroad: Luxembourg, Germany, France and South Africa.”
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.
Lamps in the movies
Two Boulanger brass floor lamps (other versions) were used as a prop in the 2016 French-Belgian television thriller series Zone Blanche (White zone but named Black spot). Starring Suliane Brahim, Hubert Delattre and Laurent Capelluto. Many other lamps appear in this film. You can find several of them over here.
A Boulanger brass floor lamp was used as a prop in the 2019 French-Japanese drama film La Vérité (The Truth). Starring Catherine Deneuve, Juliette Binoche and Ethan Hawke.