Capsule Table Lamp
Materials: Indigo/blue glass, white on the inside (incamiciato). White plastic, white plastic socket.
Height: 30 cm / 11.81”
Width: ∅ 12 cm / 4.72”
Electricity: 1 bulb E14, 1 x 40 watt maximum, 110/220 volt.
Any type of light bulb can be used, not a specific one preferred.
Period: 1990s – 2000s.
Designer: To be appraised.
Manufacturer: Habitat Retail Ltd, 489-499 Avebury Boulevard, Milton Keynes, MK9 2NW, United Kingdom.
Other versions: The Capsule table lamp was made in many colours.
The Capsule table lamp has many similarities with the iittala Lantern candle holder designed by Harri Koskinen (1970) in 1999. In 2013 a lamp version was created: the Northern Light.
Habitat Retail Ltd, trading as Habitat is a retailer of household furnishings. Sir Terence Conran founded the company in London in 1964. The business expanded quickly and in 1973 the first store in Europe was opened in Paris, France. The company expanded and merged frequently over the years. In 2011 the company almost went bankrupt.
Incamiciato: Italian word. Overlay lattimo glass (= milky looking glass) with a layer of transparent coloured glass.
The label on the right is the price label for Belgium in francs and euros. Very common in the years before and after the transition in Europe to the euro currency. 1 euro is/was 40.33 francs.
Often sold as a vintage lamp from the 1960s, but that’s not true of course.