Bruno Gecchelin Wing Desk Lamp
Materials: Round black painted metal base with a noch. Adjustable curved chrome rod. Black ribbed elongated Bakelite lampshade with plastic parts. Embossed aluminium reflector. Round black plastic box with a transformer. Porcelain socket.
Height: 40 cm / 15.74”
Lampshade: 17 cm / 6.69”
Width: 50 cm / 19.68”
Base: ∅ 17,5 cm / 6.88”
Electricity: 1 halogen bulb G4, 1 x 60 watt maximum,12 volt, 220 volt. Any type of halogen bulb can be used, not a specific one preferred.
Period: 1970s – Mid-Century Modern.
Designer: Bruno Gecchelin in 1973.
Manufacturer: Oluce, Via Brescia, 2, 20097, San Donato Milan, Italy.
Other versions: This Bruno Gecchelin Wing desk lamp is model 509. Exists as a wall lamp, floor lamp, arc floor lamp.
Several other lamps in this style exists, they are often confused. Oluce lamps are always labelled.
Bruno Gecchelin was born in 1939 in Milan, Italy. Gecchelin graduated in architecture from the Politecnico di Milano (Polytechnic university). He began his career in 1962 at Olivetti, working under Ettore Sottsass. He has been designing office and electronic machinery, furniture, accessories, decorative items and lighting. Since 1968 he designed for Oluce. To name a few: the Domea, Perla, Arianna and the Dogale. In 1976, he opened a studio specialising in product design.
Gecchelin received many awards for his designs such as the Lampada D’Oro (gold lamp) in 1980 and the Compasso D’Oro (gold compass) in 1989 and 1991.
He has been designing for Antonangeli, Arteluce, Busnelli, Fratelli Guzzini, Harvey Guzzini, iGuzzini, Frau, Fiat, Indesit, Magneti Marelli, Reggiani, Riello, Skipper, Venini, Ycami and several others.
Oluce – O-Luce
The Oluce company was founded in 1945 by Giuseppe Ostuni. It is the oldest Italian design company in the illumination sector still in operation today. The company received numerous awards over the years.
Designers that worked for the company, are among others: Angelo Ostuni, Achille, Livio and Pier Giacomo Castiglioni, Franco Buzzi, Joe and Gianni Colombo, Marco Zanuso, Tito Agnoli, Angeletti & Ruzza, Antonia Astori & Nicola De Ponti, Bruno Gecchelin, Stefano Casciani, Francesco Rota, Victor Vasilev, Ferdi Giardini, Vico Magistretti and many others.
The complete history of Oluce can be found on their website.
Links (external links open in a new window)
Bruno Gecchelin bio – Oluce website
iF Design Awards for Bruno Gecchelin
Many thanks to Lluís from Eclectique Vintage for the photos and the enthusiasm.