Boulanger Reading Floor Lamp
Materials: Round black painted flat iron base. Cast iron counterweight inside. Black painted metal rod. Adjustable black painted curved rod. Brass parts. Black painted triangular, prism brass lampshade. Painted white on the inside. White painted Bakelite E14 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.
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.
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 Relco, Leuci, Relco Lighting, VLM and Segno.