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The Ingo Maurer Bulb table lamp and the Giant Bulb table or floor lamp

Ingo Maurer Bulb Table Lamp

Ingo Maurer - Giant bulb


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Bulb Table Lamp


Materials: White painted metal, brass, opaque/white glass, metal socket.

Height: 24 cm / 9.44”

Width: 9,8 cm / 3.85”

Electricity: 1 bulb E14, 1 x 60 watt maximum, 110/220 volt.
Any type of lamp can be used, not a specific one preferred but a white one gives the most beautiful result. A clear bulb creates stripes on the globe.

Period: 1960s – Mid-Century modern.

Designer: To be appraised, designed after the classic E27 light bulb designed (not invented) by Thomas Alva Edison (February 11, 1847 – October 18, 1931).

Manufacturer: To be appraised.

The most famous “Bulb” table lamp is designed in 1966 by Ingo Maurer (born May 12, 1932 in Germany) and made in two sizes, 30 cm and the “Giant” was 56 cm. The normal size is still in production but only in clear crystal Murano glass. The opal version is out of production. It was designed after the idea of the over sized examples created by the American pop art artist Claes Oldenburg.

Ingo Maurer designed several variations of this lamp during the years.

All the electric parts are made by VLM Components from Buccinasco near Milan in Italy. This lamp uses a switch designed by Achille Castiglioni (1918 – 2002); the VLM 450 switch.

The Ingo Maurer Bulb lamp is described in 1000 Lights, 1960 to present Vol. 2, page 100. Written by Charlotte & Peter Fiell and published by Taschen. You can find this book over here at 1000 Lights 1960 to present Vol. 2

Ingo Maurer Bulb Table Lamp – Catalogue 1993

Ingo Maurer Bulb Table Lamp - Catalogue 1993

Bulb Table Lamp - inside

Bulb Table Lamp - inside