Boulanger Square Tubes Chandelier
Materials: Geometric chandelier made of chromed metal tubes (iron and brass) and curved chrome rods. 5 Bakelite sockets.
Rod Length: 60 cm / 23.62”
Height: +- 30 cm / 11.81”
Width: ∅ 45 cm / 17.71”
Electricity: 4 + 1 bulbs E14 (2 circuits), 4 + 1 x 40 watt maximum, 110/220 volt. Any type of light bulb can be used, but preferably Cubo bulbs made by Neolamp, Italy. The company no longer exists. They were made in white/opaque, clear and satin/frosted. The bulbs used in this setup are the satin bulbs, the “Sattinata“. These incandescent light bulbs are hard to find these days, unfortunately. Today dimmable LED lamps are in production by the Dutch company Pope. You can buy them over here at Bol.com.
Period: 1970s – Mid-Century Modern.
Designer: Angelo Gaetano Sciolari (1927-1994).
Manufacturer: Société Anonyme Boulanger, Liège, Belgium.
Other versions: The Boulanger square tubes chandelier was produced in bigger versions of 9 and 13 light bulbs. Also made in brass and some variations, as you can see below. Also made as a flush mount, a wall lamp and a floor lamp.
Angelo Gaetano Sciolari
Angelo Sciolari graduated with a degree in architecture but wanted to be a filmmaker. This course came to an abrupt end when in 1949 his father suddenly died and he took over the Sciolari Lighting company at the age of 22.
His first designs in the 1950s were Sputnik inspired pendants; of course it was the space age.
In the 1960s he created refined, futuristic and sharp classical style chandeliers. Lines were clean and sculptural and materials such as crystal and ice glass sparkled with a voluptuously luxurious coolness and he started combining brass with chrome.
He led the family business with a passionate vision and within years, he expanded the business and started working with other light companies worldwide.
Gaetano Sciolari created lights for Stilnovo and Stilkronen (Italy), Lightolier and Progress Lighting (USA), S.A. Boulanger (Belgium), Helestra and Leola (West Germany), Lyfa (Denmark) and some other companies and of course for his own Italian family business; the Sciolari company in Rome and Milan; where all the lighting business at that time was present.
Sciolari was the founder and the first president of the trade association of Italian manufacturers of lighting fixtures, the AIDI. The Associazione Italiana di Illuminazione was founded in 1958 and still exists today.
Unfortunately, not much is known about the company. S.A. Boulanger is famous for the large amount of lights the company produced that were 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 company from Belgium: Les Ateliers Boulanger NV from Brussels. More info about the company over here.
All the electric parts were made by VLM Components in the 1970s. The company was founded in 1945 in Buccinasco, a small village near Milan, Italy. VLM became famous for the switches they produce since 1968, designed by Achille Castiglioni.
VLM is part of the Relco Group, founded in 1967. Today they are the owners of the brands Relco, Leuci, Relco Lighting, VLM Components and Segno.
Brass version with different rods and 13 light bulbs with two circuits (12 + 1) produced by Sciolari.