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Boulanger Reading Floor Lamp

Materials: Round black painted base made of iron. Cast iron counterweight inside. Black painted metal rod. Black curved rod. Brass parts. Triangular black painted brass lampshade. It is painted white on the inside. White painted Bakelite socket.

Height: 143 cm / 56.29”

Width: 36 cm / 14.17”

Lampshade: 15,4 x 14 cm / 6.06 x 5.51”

Base: ∅ 22 cm / 8.66”

Electricity: 1 bulb E14, 1 x 60 watt maximum, 110/220 volt.
Any type of light bulb can be used, not a specific one preferred.

Period: 1970s, 1980s – Mid-Century Modern.

Designer: To be appraised.

Manufacturer: Société Anonyme Boulanger, Liège, Belgium. (Limited company)

Other versions: This Boulanger reading floor lamp is model 5211, as labelled on the VLM Components switch. They were probably made in several versions.

Made in the typical black 50s style, but produced in the late 70s, early 80s.

Boulanger

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. 

VLM Components

All the electric parts were made by VLM Components in the 1970s, 1980s. The company was founded in 1945 in Buccinasco, a small village near Milan, Italy. The company became famous for the switches they produce since 1968, designed by Achille Castiglioni. This switch is model D-661. It was also designed by him. You can find the switches over here. The switches of Castiglioni are still for sale.
VLM is part of the Relco Group, founded in 1967. Today they are the owners of the brands RelcoLeuciRelco LightingVLM and Segno.

S.A. Boulanger black reading floor lamp - VLM Components D-661 switch - S.A. Boulanger label

S.A. Boulanger black reading floor lamp metal curved rod round base 1970s 1980s BeLgium E14 lamp socket MCM Mid-Century Modern