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Lighting designed especially for the bedroom or very small lamps that can be used in bedrooms. All vintage lighting from the 20th century. Biographies of the designers and histories of the companies. ID your vintage lamps!

1950s Oscar Torlasco Table Lamp 578

1950s Oscar Torlasco Table Lamp 578

 

Materials: Brass, black painted brass, painted with wrinkle paint. Glass optic lens. Brown painted brass. Bakelite socket.

Height: 50 cm / 19.68”

Width: 20 cm / 7.87”

Base: ∅ 10 cm / 3.93”

Electricity: 1 bulb E14, 1 x 40 watt maximum, 12 volt. 125/160/220 volt adjustable transformer built-in. Any type of light bulb can be used, not a specific one preferred.

Period: 1950s – Mid-Century Modern.

Designer: Oscar Torlasco (1934-2004).

Manufacturer: Lumi Cripa S.R.L., Via Imperia 20 and Piazza Missori 2,  Milan, Italy.

Other versions: Made in several variations. This one is model 578. All these lamps were designed in the late 1950s, early 1960s. Some of them were produced for many years.

Oscar Torlasco

Born in Rome, Italy in 1934, Oscar Torlasco designed many beautiful lamps. The most well known are the lamps he designed for Lumi. Torlasco designed for several Italian lighting manufacturers including Esperia, Stilux and Stilkronen. Most of his designs are from the 1950s and 60s. For many lamps he uses optic lenses for spreading/diffusing the light. It is his trademark. In 1959 Torlasco won the Italian design award, the “Compasso d’Oro” (Golden Compass) for his Genova 4053 street lighting. The lamps was in production by Fabbrica Apparecchi Illuminazione Greco S.p.A.. Oscar Torlasco passed away in 2004.

Lumi

In 1944 Carlo Antonio Crippa created his “workshop” Lumi (lights). Cripa surrounded himself with the most prominent designers, such as Guglielmo Berchicci, Anselmo De SanctisPia Guidetti (Cripa), Maurizio FavettaUgo la Pietra, Giò Ponti, Prospero RasuloAlessandro ScilipotiMatteo ThunGianni Veneziano and Luciana Di Virgilio (Veneziano & Team), Mario ValliniNanda Vigo and of course Oscar Torlasco. The Lumi company always uses high quality materials.

Today the company is still a workshop where materials are shaped according to the artist’s imagination. All crafting by hand, even by using modern technology. For many crystal lamps and chandeliers Lumi produces today Swarovski is involved. The company is still in family hands and the third generation is now at the helm. Lumi is part of the Falb group. 

Many thanks to Massimiliano from Antique and Design – Special Blu for the beautiful pictures and enthusiasm.

1950s Oscar Torlasco Table Lamp 578 - catalogue picture

Nanbu Kreo-Lite aiai NA-718 Table Lamp

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Nanbu Kreo-Lite aiai NA-718 Table Lamp

 

Materials: Orange/red acrylic, black acrylic. Orange/red painted aluminium lampshade, painted white inside. Chromed iron hinge. Transformer 220 volt – 12 volt/6 volt inside.

Max Height: 35,5 / 13.97”

Height: 11 cm / 4.33”

Width: 8 cm / 3.14”

Base: 7,5 x 8 cm  / 2.95 x 3.14”

Electricity: 1 bulb 15CP, 12 volt,  13 watt, 220-240 volt.
Switch with two settings, high and low. (6 and 12 volt)

Period: 1970s – Mid-Century Modern.

Designer: To be appraised.

Manufacturer: Nanbu LTD, Japan –  Nanbu Industrial Co. Ltd, Hong Kong, Kreo Co LTD.

Other versions: Made in several colours and made with a switch left-right and a switch up-down. Made with an aluminium front or only a black plastic front. These lamps were a big hit and were produced for several years, starting from the early 70s.

Model number NA-718, named aiaiThe aiai lamp can also be used as a wall lamp. A recess is provided.

This aiai table lamp has no label. Only “Made in Hong Kong” molded in the bottom.

Nanbu

A company with the name Nanbu Industrial Co. Ltd from Hong Kong exists. If it got anything to do with the company from the 1970s is unclear. According to some sources it was founded around 2008. Maybe the legal status changed or it is another firm. Nanbu is an import and export company.

The Nanbu LTD company in Japan no longer exists. No information to be found. Another Nanbu company exists, but it was founded in 1981 and is named Nanbu Plastics Co.,LTD.

Kreo

Kreo Co LTD was founded in 1968. Today it is an advertising company. Also Kreo Industrial Co Ltd exists. It was founded in 1985 according to Bloomberg and it is specialized in lighting. Most likely, the company was split up. Kreo Lite was part of Nanbu Industrial Co. Ltd from Hong Kong, as you can see on the labels from two different aiai table lamps.

Designed in the style of the famous Pillola (pill) table lamp designed by Studio D.A., Italy for Ponteur in 1968.

Several cities in Japan are called Nanbu. It was also a Japanese samurai clan.  

Nanbu Kreo-Lite aiai NA-718 Table Lamp - Nanbu label

Nanbu Kreo-Lite aiai NA-718 Table Lamp - Kreo Co. LTD. label

1950s Aluminor Bedside Lamps

Aluminor bedside lamps

Big collection of 1950s/1960s table lamps in perfect condition, never used! These lamps came from a barracks on the Italian island of Sicily. They were the spare lamps for the recruits.

Aluminor Bedside Lamps - NOS - Big collection of 1950s/1960s table lamps in perfect condition, never used!

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Many thanks to Guiseppe for his contribution.

1950s Aluminor Bedside Lamps

 

Materials: Light yellow and red painted aluminium lampshades, white painted inside. Brass goose-neck. Painted iron base, tinned lid. Bakelite sockets.

Height: 20 cm / 7.87” – adjustable.

Lampshade: ∅ 9 and 9,5 cm / 3.54” and 3.74”

Base: ∅ 9 cm / 3.54”

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. However, a small one gives the best result.

Period: 1950s, 1960s – Mid-Century modern.

Designer: To be appraised.

Manufacturer: Aluminor, Nice, France.

Other versions: Slight differences in the lampshade, made in many colours. Later editions were produced with a plastic lid on the bottom and have a chromed brass gooseneck.

Aluminor

André Lavigne established Aluminor in Nice at the Côte d’Azur – the French Riviera in 1950 to manufacture camera shutters. A year later the company grows and develops into manufacturing lighting appliances, first as a subcontractor, then with its own products. In 1974 they moved to the Contes and they started to export their lighting to the United States. Over the years the company expanded and built a number of new workshops. The company still exists and they still produce lighting.

VLM

The electric parts were made in the early 1950s by the VLM Components company from Buccinasco, near Milan in Italy. Today VLM Components is owned By Relco. It is one of the biggest suppliers of switches, cords and plugs in Europe. VLM Components became famous because of the switches they produce that were designed by Achille Castiglione in 1968.

Vimar

Similar lamps were produced in Italy by Vimar. At least they used the same gooseneck. Vimar produced its own electric parts, they are all labeled and the plug always has the name Vimar on it. The lid on the base says: Made in Italy, as you can see. More info about the Vimar company can be found here on Vintageinfo.

Vimar Bedside Lamp

Vimar Bedside Lamp

A yellow Aluminor lamp was used as a prop in the film Tulipani, Love, Honour and a Bicycle (Tulipani: Liefde, Eer en een Fiets), a 2017 Dutch comedy film, written by Peter van Wijk and directed by Mike van Diem. With Ksenia Solo and Giorgio Pasotti in this scene.

Aluminor Table Lamp - Tulipani (2017)

Adjustable 60s Bedside Lamp

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Adjustable 60s Bedside Lamp

 

Materials: White painted iron base. dark blue painted aluminium lamp holder. Maroon/burgundy coloured perforated aluminium lampshade/diffuser. Not painted inside. Bakelite socket.

Lampshade: ∅ 12 cm / 4.72”

Max Height: 27 cm / 10.62”

Min Height: 14 cm / 5.51”

Base: ∅ 10,7 cm / 4.21”

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. For this setup a clear round bulb was used.

Period: 1960s – Mid-Century Modern.

Designer: To be appraised.

Manufacturer: To be appraised.

Other versions: Probably made in several colours.

This eclipse style adjustable bedside lamp was acquired in Sicily, Italy. All the elektric parts are Italian. The plug has an S logo pressed on it on both sides, but that’s probably the company that produced the plug, unfortunately.

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Adjustable 60s bedside lamp with a chrome square rod.

Artemide Eclisse Table Lamp

Artemide: The Artemide Group is based in Pregnana Milanese, Italy. The company is best known for the Tizio desk lamp designed by Richard Sapper in 1972. The company is also famous for the Tolomeo desk lamp, designed by Michele De Lucchi and Giancarlo Fassina in 1986. Artemide produced many other beautiful lights en furniture during all those the years.

Designers who have collaborated with Artemide include Mario Botta, Sir Norman Foster, Ettore Sottsass, Enzo Mari, Neil Poulton, Karim Rashid, Giò Ponti and many others.

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Artemide Eclisse Table Lamp

Artemide Eclisse Table Lamp

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Artemide Eclisse Table or Wall Lamp

 

Materials: Red painted aluminium, plastic. Some iron parts, ball-bearing. Bakelite socket.

Height: 17,8 cm / 7”

Width: ∅ 11,4 cm / 4.48”

Electricity: 1 bulb E14, 1 x 25 watt maximum, 110/220 volt.
Any type of light bulb can be used, not a specific one preferred.

Period: 1960s, 1970s – Mid-Century Modern.

Designer: Vico Magistretti (1920 – 2006).

Manufacturer: Artemide, Pregnana Milanese, Milan, Italy.

Other versions: Made in many colours and still in production. The new version however is made different and to be honest, it is not beautifully made. In between the moving white part en the lamp itself is a black plastic part as you can see below. It is used as replacement for the ball-bearing inside. If you want an old one, then you have to pay attention to it.

This lamp is designed in 1967. You can find it in the Artemide catalogue (1973) on Vintageinfo: Artemide catalogue 1973 page 1. Also as a wall lamp: Artemide catalogue 1973 page 3

Vico Magistretti was an Italian industrial designer, furniture designer, light designer and architect. He also designed another famous table lamp, the Oluce Atollo. You can find it here on Vintageinfo, click here.

Vico Magistretti Foundation

Via Conservatorio, 20, 20122 Milano, Italy

Visit the studio museum and discover more about Vico Magistretti work as designer and architect. The museum is open on Tuesday, on Thursday and on Saturday. More info on their website: http://www.vicomagistretti.it/en/museum/practical

New and old together

Artemide Eclisse Table Lamp - Red new versionArtemide Eclisse Table Lamp - Red old version

The Mignon version on batteries

Artemide Eclisse Table Lamp - Artemide Eclisse Mignon Table Lamp box

Artemide Eclisse Table Lamp - Artemide Eclisse Mignon Table Lamp

Télé Ambiance Table Lamp

Télé Ambiance Table Lamp

 

Materials: Black painted metal triangular base. Painted with wrinkle paint. Black painted grill. White acrylic disc, yellow acrylic disc. Brass with porcelain socket. Gray painted metal cover of the base. Dimmer. 6 black painted ornamental screws.

Height: 23 cm / 9.05”

Width: 18 cm / 7.08”

Base: 16 x 16 x 16 cm / 6.29 x 6.29 x 6.29”

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: 1950s, 1960s – Mid-Century Modern.

Designer: To be appraised.

Manufacturer: Télé-Ambiance, France.

Other versions: Also made with two white discs and a gray painted base, the ornamental screws are chromed. Made in several colours (orange, red, pink, and also with a different gaze in between the two discs. A triangle and a square version also exist. Also made with a round base. Also wall lamps were made.

Télé-Ambiance

Many were sold with the text “Télé-Ambiance” engraved in the bottom. Lamps with a different base were also produced. In all probability Télé-Ambiance was the brands name. Also wall lamps were made. Below you find a different lamp with the same inscription engraved.

This lamp is typical for the late 1950s, early 1960s. There is no label present.  The plug was made by VLM Components in the 1960s but it is in all probability not original. You find this lamp with several different plugs.

These table lamps were known as TV-lamps because they were made to place on top of a black and white TV to give some contrast light. Some brands of TV’s had these lamps build-in. The Belgium SBR (Société Belge Radio) was such a company, they made it standard in every television.

It was intended to reduce the fatigue of the eyes, because everybody was watching television in the dark. All the other lamps had bright light bulbs and there were few electrical outlets in houses. Today it is an ideal bedside or table lamp.

Lamps with dimmers from that period are very rare. Dimmers were mostly to big and made of several coils. Since the 1960s the small TRIAC is used to do the same thing (triode for alternating current).

Some people say it is a German lamp. Others say it is a lamp designed by Angelo Lelii and produced by Arredoluce. Other people say it is a lamp made by Stilux, another Italian company. Also Angelo Brotto, Francese Del Lavoro and Ettore Sottsass were named. Some say Mathieu Mategot because of the gase…

Gino Sarfatti‘s chandelier number 2072 from 1953 produced by Arteluce has some similarities.

Télé Ambiance Table Lamp - 1950s - 1960s Dimmer

Télé Ambiance Table Lamp - VLM Components 1960s Plug

Télé Ambiance Table Lamp - Télé-Ambiance

Télé-Ambiance Table Lamp

Gino Sarfatti Model 540 Style Table Lamp

Gino Sarfatti. Selected Works 1938 – 1973, written by Marco Romanelli and Sandra Severi, published by Silvana Editoriale in 2012.

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Gino Sarfatti Model 540 Style Table Lamp

 

Materials: Chromed metal, embossed aluminium reflector. Transparent acrylic. Some plastic parts. Bakelite socket.

Height: 22 cm / 8.66”

Width: 12 x 10,5 cm / 4.72 x 4.13”

Electricity: 1 bulb E14, 1 x 40 watt maximum, 110/220 volt.
Any type of light bulb can be used. But a silver cup light bulb gives the most beautiful result with this table lamp.

Period: 1970s – Mid-Century Modern.

Designer: To be appraised. After a design by Gino Sarfatti.

Manufacturer: To be appraised.

Other versions: Copied in several sizes and colours, also produced as a big floor lamp. Also chandeliers were made. Many different variations in the design. Today’s copies are all made in China. Sometimes the acrylic is made to thin; the globe falls down after a while. Beware when you buy one!

This table lamp was produced in the 1970s -1980s, to see on the wiring.

The design of this lamp is based on lamp model 540 designed by Gino Sarfatti in 1968. It has many similarities, even the size. But it’s different. Below are pictures from the book Gino Sarfatti – Selected Works 1938-1973. As you can see the holes in the lampshade are not around the globe such as with this one. They are on top and go from front to back. The holes are round.

Gino Sarfatti

Gino Sarfatti was born in Venice, Italy in 1912 and studied aero naval engineering at the University of Genoa. He founded his company Arteluce in 1935 and sold it to FLOS in 1973.

Sarfatti died on March 6, 1985 in Gravedona, Como, Italy. Some sources say it was 1984. Gino Sarfatti designed the 540 table lamp series in 1968. Numerous variations based on this design were produced by several companies.

Today FLOS still produces his famous chandelier model 2097 from 1957 with 30 to 50 light bulbs.

Gino Sarfatti - Selected Works 1938-1973 - 540 P Table Lamp 1968

Gino Sarfatti - Selected Works 1938-1973 - 540 G Table Lamp 1968

Video: Expo about Gino Sarfatti at the Milan Triennale in 2012 – 250 lights

Bobblehead Doll Table Lamp

Bobblehead Doll Table Lamp

 

Materials: Plastic (PVC). Fabric, probably cotton. Printed in blue with red roses.  Bakelite socket.

Height: 28 cm / 11.02”

Width: ∅ 20 cm / 7.87”

Electricity: 1 bulb E14, 1 x 25 watt maximum, 110/220 volt.
Any type of light bulb can be used, not a specific one preferred.

Period: 1970s.

Designer: To be appraised.

Manufacturer: Massive, Wommelgem and Kontich, Belgium. 

Other versions: Several different table lamps were produced, other colour clothes, other figures, other dolls. The Italian company Linea Zero produced similar lamps. It is possible that they produced them for Massive. The most famous lamps by Linea Zero are a series of Pink Panther and Snoopy table lamps.

Also Stilfer from Milan produced bobblehead lamps. The most well known are the plastic robot and insect lamps they produced.

The electric parts were produced in the late 1970s by VLM Components from Italy.

This lamp is made in the style of the drawings made by Denise Holly Ulinskas, who created Holly Hobbie in the 1960s. Other drawings of little girls at that time were named Miss Petticoat and Sarah Kay

Sarah Kay

Vivien Kubbos, born in the 1940s, was a freelance illustrator from Sidney, Australia who began creating Sarah Kay collections for Valentines Sands Greeting Cards in the early 1970s. The name Sarah Kay has it’s origin in the name of her fathers dog Sarah and the Kay is K for Kubbos. The works of Vivien Kubbos were “discovered” by two book publishers from Liege in Belgium and extended to Germany, Italy, Spain and Latin America. It was an instant success.

Holly Hobbie

Vivien Kubbos wasn’t the first who draw girls figures with dresses with aprons and hats. It was Denise Holly Ulinskas with drawings from a girl named Holly Hobbie with a patchwork dress and a big hat. Denise Holly Ulinskas married Douglas Hobbie in 1964. In the late 1960s she designed for the American Greetings Company. Later in life she started to draw Toot & Puddle. In 2006, a redesigned Holly Hobbie was launched.

Miss Petticoat, Jaklien

Many others had succes with this kind of art. In the UK it was Miss Petticoat that also became popular in the 1970s. In Belgium we had Jaklien (Jacqueline Moerman, 1931-2011).

Massive

Massive was in origin a bronze foundry and they produced mainly candlesticks, crucifixes and chandeliers in Wilrijk near Antwerp, Belgium. The company was founded in 1926 by Pieter-Jozef De Jaeck. His son Eddy De Jaeck was responsible for the huge expansion of the company in the 1970s. But it were his sons, Piet and Jan De Jaeck who made Massive a true multinational. Thus, they moved production to Eastern Europe and China.

In the 1980s Massive became the leading brand in Europe. In 2002, the brothers left the company to the investment fund CVC Capital Partners, for allegedly more than 250 million euros. 
Since 2008 the company is owned by Philips and the name of the shops is changed into Light Gallery.

When the takeover by Philips was announced in November 2006 Massive commercialized more than 10.000 lighting products under brand names such as MassiveTRIO Leuchte and Lirio. The group had about 5.000 employees worldwide and was active in 70 countries.

Linea Zero

The Linea Zero company was founded in Verona, Italy in 1973 by Enea Ferrari. Initially destined to the children’s market and subsequently extended to design. The company still exists.

Sarah Kay Window Pendant

Holly Hobbie Tile

Bobblehead Doll Table Lamp - Sarah Kay Window Pendant

Bobblehead Doll Table Lamp - Holly Hobbie Tile

Holly Hobbie Coat Rack

Bobblehead Doll Table Lamp - Holly Hobbie Coat Rack

Brass & Acrylic Tripod Desk Lamp

Brass & Acrylic Tripod Desk Lamp

 

Materials: Brass, white acrylic. Brass knee joint. Brass and porcelain socket.

Height: 22 cm / 8.66” – adjustable

Lampshade: 20 x 12 cm / 7.87 x 4.72”

Base: 15 x 12 cm / 5.90 x 4.72”

Electricity: 1 bulb E14, 1 x 40 watt maximum, 110/220 volt.
Any type of light bulb can be used, But a candelabra light bulb is preferred, the bulb is part of the design.

Period: 1950s – Mid-Century Modern.

Designer: To be appraised.

Manufacturer: Gebrüder Cosack, Neheim-Hüsten, Germany – attributed.

Other versions: At least also made with a mother-of-pearl shine on the white acrylic and made in black, red and beige/vanilla coloured acrylic.

This tripod desk lamp has the same electric parts as the lamps made by the Gebrüder Cosack company. It is also made in the same superb quality. A German dealer on 1stdibs suggested that it is a lamp by Gebr. Kaiser & Co. Leuchten KG from the same town, but they did not use the same parts. Other dealers say that it is an Italian lamp and even a lamp made by Stilnovo… 

Cosack

The Gebrüder Cosack (Gecos) company was founded in 1848 as a metal processing plant in Neheim-Hüsten, Germany by Egon, Friedrich and Theodor Cosack. In the beginning they made liturgical items and crosses made of brass and they also produced kerosene lamps. Later the company came to the production of electric lamps. Cosack is the oldest Neheim lamp factory.

After the Second World War Cosack pursued a modern direction. A best seller were copper lighting for restaurants. The company was declared bankrupt in 1984.

Best known designers: Wilhelm WagenfeldUrsula Stürzenhofecker, K. H. Kinsky.  

BJB

The socket of this desk lamp was made by BJB. BJB is Brökelmann, Jäger and Busse, BJB GmbH & Co. KG. The BJB company was founded in 1867 and started with petroleum lighting. The company still exists. Today they produce LED lamps, terminal blocks and connectors, lamp holders for conventional lighting and switches. They are active in the whole world. BJB GmbH & Co. KG is located on Werler Strasse 1, 59755, ArnsbergGermany.

VLM

The switch was made by the VLM Components company from Buccinasco, near Milan in Italy. Today VLM Components is owned By Relco. It is one of the biggest suppliers of switches, cords and plugs in Europe. VLM Components became famous because of the switches they produce that were designed by Achille Castiglione in 1968.

Gebrüder Cosack Brass & Acrylic Tripod Desk Lamp

Vrieland Design Tin Can Table Lamp

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Vrieland Design Tin Can Table Lamp

 

Materials: White painted tin can (iron). White plastic E27 socket.

Total Height: 14 cm / 5.51”

Height: 12 cm / 4.72” – lid closed.

Width: ∅ 10 cm / 3.93”

Electricity: 1 bulb E27, 1 x 25 watt maximum, 110/220 volt.
Any type of light bulb can be used, not a specific one preferred.

Period: 1980s.

Designer: To be appraised.

Manufacturer: Vrieland Design, The Netherlands.

Other versions: made in several colours; blue, white, black, red….

Vrieland Design

Vrieland Design was a wholesaler, not a producer of lamps. They sold many lamps that were also sold or produced by other companies such as Massive from Belgium, Knud Christensen Elektric A/S, from Denmark, Yamada Shomei from Japan and many others.

The company was active in the 1970s and 1980s, to see on the lamps they sold and the labels. Labels from the 1990s have the CE logo on their labels when it became mandatory in the European Union. Not to be confused with the Chinese label CE, what stands for China Export and is almost identical. 

This lamp was produced in Germany by an unknown company. The label says Je Fassung 25 Watt, German for: Each socket 25 Watt. In Dutch it should be: Elke lamp 25 watt.

Below two labels of Vrieland Design. The label on the left is the label of this tin can table lamp.

Vrieland Design Tin Can Table Lamp - Label

Vrieland Design Label

Marcello Cuneo Red Porcelain Table Lamp

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Marcello Cuneo Red Porcelain Table Lamp

 

Materials: Red coloured ceramics, Bakelite socket.

Height: 30 cm / 11.81”

Width: 20 cm / 7.87”

Electricity: 1 bulb E14, 1 x 40 watt maximum, 110/220 volt.
Not any type of light bulb can be used. A small round one is preferred.

Period: 1960s – Mid-Century Modern.

Designer: Marcello Cuneo (1933 – 2015).

Manufacturer: Gabbianelli, Milan, Italy.

Other versions: Exists in several sizes, models and colours.

Marcello Cuneo

Marcello Cuneo, born in Cagliari, Italy in 1933, graduated from the Milan Polytechnic. He worked for 8 years with the famous Giò Ponti.

Since the 1960s, architect Marcello Cuneo has been an exponent of the Italian interior design and industrial design that has become so well known all over the world as a synonym of high quality design. His projects have received prestigious national as well as international awards. More info on his website.

His most famous lamp is the Longobarda (Lombard) lamp he designed in 1966, named after an ancient Lombard’s helmet. It was first manufactured by Gabbianelli, then by Ghieri.

Marcello Cuneo died in Milan, February 2, 2015.

Marcello Cuneo

Longobarda lamp 

Marcello Cuneo

Longobarda lamp

Many thanks to Frank from Flowermountain.be for the photos and the enthusiasm.

Grupo NP2 Cylindrical Marble Table Lamp

Many thanks to Hans from Objeta for the beautiful pictures and the enthusiasm.

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Grupo NP2 Cylindrical Marble Table Lamp

 

Materials: Carrara marble, white Bakelite socket.

Height: 40 cm / 15.74”

Width: ∅ 15 cm / 5.90”

Electricity: 1 bulb E27, 1 x 60 watt maximum, 110/220 volt.
Any type of light bulb can be used. Not a specific one preferred.

Period: 1960s, 1970s – Mid-Century Modern.

Designer: Nerone Ceccarelli and Giancarlo Patuzzi – around 1970.

Manufacturer: Grupo NP2 – Forme E Superfici Torino Contrappunti, Turin, Italy. (Turin Counterpoint Forms And Surfaces)

Other versions: None. This lamp is named “Elemento Luminoso” (Luminous Element) on the website of Gianni Patuzzi.

Grupo NP2

Nerone Ceccarelli (the stage name of Giovanni Ceccarelli) was born in Pisa, Italy, 31 August, 1937. He was an Italian sculptor. 

In 1962 Nerone founded “Grupo NP2”, the NP2 Group, an acronym that includes the initials of Nerone Ceccarelli and Giancarlo (Gianni) Patuzzi.

Together with artists Luigi Marchisotti, Lucia Petrocchi, Raoul Portal, Jolanda Novi, Evian Medici, Luciano Patetta, Nicoletta Medici, Carlo Mollino, Angelo Cortesi, Virgilio Petrocchi, Piercarlo Lorio, Dedalo Montali. 2 years later, in 1964 Nerone’s brother Piercarlo Ceccarelli also joined the collective. The aim of the group is to promote the integration of art in architecture and they experiment with new sources of poetic expression from the materials.

Many exhibitions were organized in the USA and Canada. Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Houston, New York, Philadelphia, Miami, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Vancouver, Toronto and Montreal between 1965 and 1967. Most of the works of these years are signed by Giancarlo Patuzzi and Nerone Ceccarelli.

In 1969 the NP2 Group was awarded the “Niveau de Bronze” by the French architects’ committee. The award, conferred “for the interventions of art in architecture”, is assigned for the first time to an Italian artist.

The technical-artistic innovation of Nerone Ceccarelli is recognized internationally in 1970 by the Paris Art Committee, which gives him, together with his friend and partner Patuzzi, the Prestige du Monde Prix, the Prestige World Price.

In 1974 and 1975 Gianni Patuzzi and Piercarlo Ceccarelli left the NP2 Group. Nerone transforms the company into an individual company and named it Grupo NP2 / Nerone. He continues to operate in the sector until 1988, the year of its termination. Nerone Ceccarelli died in Paris, France, 7 November 1996.

VLM

The wiring, plug, switch and socket are Italian and they were made by the VLM Components company from Buccinasco near Milan in the 60s and 70s.

Chrome Spiral Spring Table Lamp

The Ingo Maurer lamp in the French film Paris N’Existe Pas from 1969 with Serge Gainsbourg, Richard Leduc and Danièle Gaubert. Gainsbourg also wrote the music for this movie.

Ingo Maurer Spiral Spring Lamp - Paris N'Existe Pas (1969) - Serge Gainsbourg

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Chrome Spiral Spring Table Lamp

 

Materials: Chromed metal (iron), plastic socket, some plastic parts.

Height: 20, 5 cm / 8.07”

Width: ∅ 9 cm / 3.54”

Electricity: 1 bulb E27, 1 x 60 watt maximum, 110/220 volt.
Any type of light bulb can be used, not a specific one preferred.

Period: 1980s – 2000s.

Designer: To be appraised.

Manufacturer: Massive, Kontich and Wommelgem, Belgium.

Massive lighting produced this lamp for a very long time. At least since the 1980s until the early 2000s. Early editions have a Bakelite socket. Later versions, such as this one have a plastic socket.

Many companies produced spiral lamps. The first one and at least one of the most famous lamps is the lamp designed by Ingo Maurer and produced by his company M-Design. Often said that it is a lamp from the 1970s, but it was designed and produced for the first time in the late 1960s.

In 1971 Heinz Brenker designed a spiral table lamp named Jo-Jo for Harvey Guzzini. It was in production from 1972 until 1974 and it has more similarities with this lamp than with the Ingo Maurer lamp with the glass globe. This table lamp by Massive is often sold as the Jo-Jo lamp: beware!

Angelo Mangiarotti designed several spiral spring lamps for the Italian Candle in the 1970s. Candle is part of Fontana Arte.

Other producers that made this type of lamps in the 1970s are, amongst others:
Elco Lite, Woja, Luciano Frigerio, Sciolari Illuminazione, Lumi, Targetti, Laurel, Sonneman, Bonomi Form, Inter Néo and so on.

Massive

The Massive lighting company was in origin a bronze foundry and they produced mainly candlesticks, crucifixes and chandeliers in Wilrijk near Antwerp, Belgium. The company was founded in 1926 by Pieter-Jozef De Jaeck. His son Eddy De Jaeck was responsible for the huge expansion of the company in the 1970s. But it were his sons, Piet and Jan De Jaeck who made Massive a true multinational. Thus, they moved production to Eastern Europe and China.

In the 1980s Massive became the leading brand in Europe. In 2002, the brothers left the company to the investment fund CVC Capital Partners, for allegedly more than 250 million euros. 
Since 2008 the company is owned by Philips and the name of the shops is changed into Light Gallery.

When the takeover by Philips was announced in November 2006 Massive commercialized more than 10.000 lighting products under brand names such as MassiveTRIO Leuchten and Lirio. The group had about 5.000 employees worldwide and was active in 70 countries.

The electric parts are Italian and made by VLM Components from Buccanisco, near Milan. The company is famous for the switches they produced designed by Achille Castiglioni.

The Ingo Maurer lamp in the Italian/French film La Piscine (The Swimming Pool) from 1969 with Alain Delon, Romy Schneider, Jane Birkin and Maurice Ronet.

Ingo Maurer Spiral Spring Lamp - La Piscine (1969) - Alain Delon

Harvey Guzzini Galdino Table Lamp

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Harvey Guzzini Galdino Table Lamp

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Harvey Guzzini Galdino Table Lamp

 

Materials: Black painted cast iron base, painted with texture paint. Black plastic cover and top (acrylic/methacrylate). Dark orange/red painted aluminium lampshade, also painted with texture paint. Chromed iron rod and 2 chromed screws. Plastic joint. Some plastic and metal parts. Bakelite socket. The lampshade is adjustable on the rod. The red lampshade can be turned in any direction.

Height: 72 cm / 28.34”

Lampshade:  32,5 x 10  cm / 12.79 x 3.93”

Base: 13 x 14 cm / 5.11 x 5.51”

Electricity: 1 bulb E27, 1 x 100 watt maximum, 110/220 volt.
Any type of light bulb can be used, not a specific one preferred.

Period: 1970s – Mid-Century Modern.

Designer: Carlo Urbinati.

Manufacturer: Harvey Guzzini, Recanati, Italy, today named iGuzzini

Other versions: Made as a several different wall lamps, table lamp, clamp lamp, floor lamp. This lamp is slightly different than the final design. The wire for the lampshade starts in the back of the base instead of on top of the chromed rod. It also has no switch and the inside of the lampshade is also red.

Project Year: 1972. Produced from 1973 until 1976.

Commercial code: 8005.

Carlo Urbinati

Designer Carlo Urbinati was born and raised in Sacrofano near Rome in Italy. He has worked in a range of areas from the lighting to the auto industries. Mixing organic forms with new technologies, Urbinati gives each of his designs a very personal touch. He is best known for his bathroom furniture and jacuzzis.

Carlo Urbinati designed 2 other lamps. The Scopelite for Zumtobel together with Fabio Lenci in 1982 and a flush mount for Dizeta in the same year.

Companies he designed for are, to name the most important: Tulli E Zuccari, Elisse, Sleeping System, Teuco, Incom. Rustici, EOS, Bernini, Giessegi, Vitreouslite. Dizeta, Zumtobel, Carrara E Mata, Dress, Mobil Class. Giessegi, Bagno In, Jacuzzi. Saniplast, Fir, Hydra, Calibur. Bertoci, Crassevic, Colavene. Hidra, Ponsi, Art Ceram, Artelinea, Ponte Giulio, Vitruvit, Roca. White Stone, Cool Bath, iGuzzini and Ponsi.

His company is named Urbinati Design and it is located in Sacrofano.

Another Carlo Urbinati exists. He is one of the owners of Foscarini lighting and is also a designer. Together with Alessandro Vecchiato he designed the Folio lamp.

iGuzzini 

iGuzzini illuminazione was established in 1959 by Raimondo Guzzini under the name Harvey Creazioni. Harvey is derived from the famous movie ‘Harvey’ with James Stuart and the invisible rabbit Harvey from 1950.
The initial production of enameled copper objects was supplemented by decorative luminaires.
In the early sixties it became a family business when his 5 brothers joined the company. In 1962 Luigi Massoni was attracted to lead the design team. He worked for Fratelli Guzzini and Harvey Guzzini until 1976. Luigi Massoni designed many iconic lamps in that period.
The company still exists and changed the name in 1974 into iGuzzini and in 1981 to iGuzzini illuminazione.

Harvey Guzzini Galdino Table Lamp

Harvey Guzzini Galdino Table Lamp

Harvey Guzzini Galdino Table Lamp

Harvey Guzzini Galdino Table Lamp

Harvey Guzzini Galdino Wall Lamps

Harvey Guzzini Galdino Wall Lamp - Catalogue

Harvey Creazioni logo

Harvey Guzzini logo

iGuzzini logo

Logo used between 1959 and 1964. Inspired by the 1950 film “Harvey“, starring James Stewart.
Logo used between 1965 and 1977.  This logo was designed by Luigi Massoni.
The architect Massoni was invited to work with Harvey as the company’s art director, a move that gave further impetus to the idea of collaborating with designers.
Between 1967 and 1971, Ennio Lucini designed the catalogue for the DH (Design House) brand, under which lamps for home lighting were marketed.
Logo used from 1974 until today, designed by Advema G&R Associati. This logo embodied the company’s entire output, which was marketed under other brands such as DH, Doma and Atelier.
It was during this period that the company began making technical products. Spot and flood lights in particular.

Well-Lite Folding Pyramid Table Lamp

Well-Lite Folding Pyramid Table Lamp

 

Materials: White plastic, translucent plastic. Chromed metal, white painted metal. Transformer inside (220 volt to 12 and six volt).

Height (closed): 18,5 cm / 7.28”

Height (max opened): 34 cm / 13.38”

Lampshade: 6 x 6 cm / 2.36 x 2.36”

Base:  7,5  x 7,5 cm / 2.95 x 2.95”

Electricity: 1 bulb 15CP or GE 93 – 12 volt, 1 x 12 watt maximum, 220 volt.
Any type of light bulb can be used, not a specific one preferred.

Period: 1960s, 1970s – Mid-Century Modern.

Designer: To be appraised.

Manufacturer: Well-Lite, Hong Kong – Nanbu Industrial Co. Ltd, Hong Kong.

Other versions: Made in several colours and slight variations. Other color felt inside. United States versions have a plastic bottom, as you can see below. Martronic sold it as model 6113A. It’s unclear if this number was used by all companies.

The hi/low switch has 3 positions. Off, full power (12 volt) and half power (6 volt). The same mechanism as on the Taki light Iris table lamp.

These lamps were also sold by Marksons, Martronic, Marathon, ArrowWindsor and probably also some other companies. The American lamps have a sticker by Underwriters Laboratories, Inc. It is not a lamp factory, but a safety organization.

Well-Lite

Unfortunately, no information to be found about the company. It must be long gone. Also Marksons, WindsorArrow and Martronic Products no longer exists. Well-Lite was part of Nanbu Industrial Co. Ltd, Hong Kong.

Many lamps with this high/low intensity switch were made in the 1960s and 1970s. You can find several lamps here on Vintageinfo. Almost all of them were sold by multiple companies and were all produced in Japan, China and Hong Kong, at that time part of the UK by Nanbu Industrial Co. Ltd, Hong Kong.. Hong Kong remained under British control until 1997, when it was returned to China.

Well-Lite Folding Pyramid Table Lamp - White painted metal base

Well-Lite Folding Pyramid Table Lamp

Well-Lite Folding Pyramid Table Lamp - Windsor and Martronic boxes

Well-Lite Folding Pyramid Table Lamp - US Base

Cuboluce Table Lamp

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Cuboluce Table Lamp

 

Materials: Plastic, early editions have a Bakelite socket.

Height: 11 x 11 cm / 4.33 x 4.33”

Width: 10 x 10 cm / 3.93” x 3.93”

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: 1970s – Mid-Century Modern.

Designer: Studio OPI (Franco Bettonica, Mario Melocchi) in 1972.

Manufacturer: Cini&Nils, Milan, Italy. 

Other Versions: Also made as a big floor lamp (28 x 27 x 27 cm – 10.63”), as you can see below. The floor lamp was only produced in the 1970s. The Cuboluce is still in production and every year new versions appear since 1972. Today also produced in a LED version: Cuboled.

Cini&Nils 

Cini&Nils was founded in 1969 by Mario Melocchi and Franco Bettonica. In 1972, an idea by Franco Bettonica led to the creation of the Cuboluce. It was an instant success soon followed by derivative products such as the floor lamp, the Cubobar, bathroom and kitchenware and so on. The Cuboluce is one of the best-selling luminaires designed by Cini&Nils and is part of the MoMA collection in New York (Museum of Modern Art).

The idea behind this light was to create a comfortable bedside table lamp. You may easily switch it on by opening the cover and thus, there is no need for searching the switch in the night.

Franco Bettonica (1927 – 1999) was a Milanese architect with a successful career in construction, furniture and industrial design. In 1969, he started as a designer and partner of Cini&Nils and was the firm’s creative director.

Mario Melocchi (1931 – 2013) was born in Parma and he was one of the first in Europe to devote his attentions to packaging design early as in 1958, later gradually evolving to approach product design, where he eventually settled after meeting Franco Bettonica.

Cuboluce Table Lamp - scheme

Cubeluce Floor Lamp

Osram Minispot

Osram Minispot - All Models

OSRAM Profile – from the OSRAM-website

OSRAM, based in Munich, Germany, is a globally leading lighting manufacturer with a history dating back more than 100 years. The portfolio ranges from high-tech applications based on semiconductor technology, such as infrared or laser lighting, to smart and connected lighting solutions in buildings and cities. OSRAM had more than 24,000 employees worldwide at the end of fiscal 2016 (September 30) and generated revenue of almost €3.8 billion in that fiscal year. The company is listed on the stock exchanges in Frankfurt and Munich.

In 1906 the OSRAM incandescent lamp was developed by Carl Auer von Welsbach.

In 1919 AEG (Allgemeine Elektrizitäts-Gesellschaft), Siemens & Halske (S & H) and Deutsche Gasglühlicht AG (Degea, German Gas Light Company) formed a company for incandescent lamp production under the name OSRAM.

The name is derived from osmium and wolfram, two elements that were commonly used for lighting filaments at the time the OSRAM-company was founded.

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Osram Minispot

Lamp 1 – Osram Minispot 10 W 41401

 

Materials: Plastic, 220v – 6v transformer, magnet, iron parts, stainless steel.

Height: 16 cm / 6.29”

Width: 7 x 6 cm / 2.75 x 2.36”

Electricity: 1 halogen bulb Osram Halospot 48, 1 x 10 watt maximum 6 volt.

Period: 1980s – Mid-Century Modern.

Designer:  Dieter Witte (1937-2008).

Manufacturer: OSRAM Light AG, Marcel-Breuer-Street, 80807 Munich, Germany.

Dieter Witte went to school at the Kunstgewerbeschule Hannover (School of Applied Arts) in the German city Hanover. He has been working as a freelance lamp designer since 1966 for different industrial companies, including Osram, Erco and Staff. Many of his projects are design classics.

This lamp won the iF Design award in 1982.

Lamp 2 – Osram Minispot II – 20 W – model 41701 

 

Materials: Plastic, 220v – 12v transformer, white painted metal or stainless-steel, magnet, iron parts.

Height: 14,5 cm / 6.29”

Width: 6,5 x 6 cm / 5.70 x 2.36”

Electricity: 1 halogen bulb Osram Halospot 48, 1 x 20 watt maximum, 12 volt.

Period: 1970s – Mid-Century Modern.

Designer: Osram design, the internal design team.

Manufacturer: OSRAM Light AG, Marcel-Breuer-Street, 80807 Munich, Germany.

This lamp is a model produced from the late 70s until the 1980s.

Lamp 3 – Osram Minispot II – 20 W – Model 41701 

 

Materials: Plastic, 220v – 12v transformer, white painted metal, magnet, iron parts.

Height: 14,5 cm / 6.29”

Width: 6,5 x 6 cm / 5.70 x 2.36”

Electricity: 1 halogen bulb Osram Halospot 48, 1 x 20 watt maximum, 12 volt.

Period: 1970s – Mid-Century Modern.

Designer: Osram design, the internal design team, in 1972.

Manufacturer: OSRAM Light AG, Marcel-Breuer-Street, 80807 Munich, Germany.

This lamp won the iF Design award in 1972.

Lamp 4 – Osram Minispot – 20 W – Model 41601 

 

Materials: Plastic, 220v – 12v transformer, stainless steel, magnet, iron parts.

Height: 13,5 cm / 5.31”

Width: 7,5 x 7,5 cm / 2.95 x 2.95”

Electricity: 1 halogen bulb Osram Halospot 48, 1 x 20 watt maximum, 12 volt.

Period: 1970s – Mid-Century Modern.

Designer: To be appraised.

Manufacturer: OSRAM Light AG, Marcel-Breuer-Street, 80807 Munich, Germany.

All these lamps have a magnet to “glue” the light globe on to the base. It can be turned in every direction thanks to the coiled wire.

Fantastic lamps with many possibilities. Can be used as a floor lamp, a bedside lamp, a table lamp, a picture light and so on. These type of lamps were sold for more than 40 years. With some luck you can find a new one in the box in a shop.

Osram Minispot - Osram Minispot 10 W 41401 - 1982 - Dieter Witte

Osram Minispot - Osram Minispot model 41701 - 1972 - Osram Design

Osram Minispot - Osram Minispot II - Model 41701 - 1972 - Osram Design

Osram Minispot - Osram Minispot - Model 41601 - 1972

1990s Lampada T. Table Lamp

1990s Lampada T. Table Lamp

 

Materials: Blue, green, yellow and black molded plastic. Bakelite socket.

Lampshade: ∅ 15 cm / 5.90”

Height: 30,5 cm / 12”

Base: ∅ 12,7 cm / 5”

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.

Designer: To be appraised.

Manufacturer: Veneta Lumi, Italy  – attributed.

The design of this table lamp is based, to say the least, on the design of the Miss Sissi table lamp designed by Philippe Starck (born 1949) in 1990 and in production by FLOS since 1991.

This “copy” was also produced in Italy, in all probability by Veneta Lumi, but produced for companies such as Massive from Belgium and IKEA. The table lamp sold by Veneta Lumi itself was named Lulù, as you can see below. The only difference with this lamp is that it has the switch on the cord and is not built into the base, as you can see below.

Veneta Lumi

The name Veneta Lumi says it all: lights made in the Veneto region in the north of Italy. The capital and the largest city is Venice.

Not much is found about the Veneta Lumi company. It was active from the late 1970s until the 1990s. They produced many lamps in the at that time very popular Memphis style, made famous by Ettore Sottsass. They used the name Veneta Lumi, but also Laguna Light in the 90s, also referring to Venice

VLM Components

All the electric parts are made by VLM Components. 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. You can find them over here. VLM is part of the Relco Group, founded in 1967. Today they are the owners of the brands RelcoLeuciRelco LightingVLM and Segno.

1990s Lampada T. Table Lamp - Label

1990s Lampada T. Table Lamp - Veneta Lumi Lulù Serie Z2000 Table Lamp - Laguna Light - Label

1990s Veneta Lumi Lulù Serie Z2000 Table Lamp – Laguna Light

1990s Lampada T. Table Lamp - Veneta Lumi Lulù Serie Z2000 Table Lamp - Laguna Light

1970s Gooseneck Spotlight

1970s Gooseneck Spotlight - Massive lighting and Vrieland Design

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1970s Gooseneck Spotlight

 

Materials: Yellow painted lampshade, black painted inside. Metal gooseneck in a plastic tube. Plastic clamp, porcelain socket.

Lenght: 56 cm / 22.04”

Lampshade: ∅ 6,3 cm / 2.48

Clamp: 11,5 cm / 4.52

Electricity: 1 bulb E14, 1 x 75 watt maximum, 110/220 volt.
Any type of light bulb can be used. But a spot bulb is preferred.

Period: 1970s – Mid-Century Modern.

Designer: To be appraised.

Manufacturer: Massive, Kontich and Wommelgem, Belgium.

Other versions: Made is several colours, also completely in black.

These lamps were also sold by Vrieland Design from The Netherlands.

A gooseneck is a flexible tube made of all kind of materials. Mostly made of iron or brass for lighting.

Massive

The Massive lighting company was in origin a bronze foundry and they produced mainly candlesticks, crucifixes and chandeliers in Wilrijk near Antwerp, Belgium. The company was founded in 1926 by Pieter-Jozef De Jaeck. His son Eddy De Jaeck was responsible for the huge expansion of the company in the 1970s. But it were his sons, Piet and Jan De Jaeck who made Massive a true multinational. Thus, they moved production to Eastern Europe and China.

In the 1980s Massive became the leading brand in Europe. In 2002, the brothers left the company to the investment fund CVC Capital Partners, for allegedly more than 250 million euros. 
Since 2008 the company is owned by Philips and the name of the shops is changed into Light Gallery.

When the takeover by Philips was announced in November 2006 Massive commercialized more than 10.000 lighting products under brand names such as MassiveTRIO Leuchten and Lirio. The group had about 5.000 employees worldwide and was active in 70 countries.

The electric parts are Italian and made by VLM Components from Buccanisco, near Milan. The company is famous for the switches they produced designed by Achille Castiglioni.

Vrieland Design

Vrieland Design was a wholesaler, not a producer of lamps. They sold many lamps that were also sold or produced by other companies such as Massive from Belgium, Knud Christensen Elektric A/S, from Denmark, Yamada Shomei from Japan and many others.

The company was active in the 1970s and 1980s, to see on the lamps they sold and the labels. Labels from the 1990s have the CE logo on their labels when it became mandatory in the European Union. Not to be confused with the Chinese label CE, what stands for China Export and is almost identical. 

1970s Gooseneck Spotlight

1970s Gooseneck Spotlight

1970s Purple Aluminium Table Lamp

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1970s Purple Aluminium Table Lamp

 

Materials: Purple painted aluminium. Chromed metal (iron), aluminium reflector inside the globe. Bakelite socket.

Height: 25,5 cm / 10.03”

Base: 13,2 x 11 cm / 5.19 x 4.33”

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 – Mid-Century Modern.

Designer: To be appraised.

Manufacturer: Elma, Ljubljana, Slovenia.

Other versions: Made in many models and colours.

These table lamps or desk lamps are often attributed to Gepo, Anvia and Herda, 3 lamp producers from the Netherlands. However, these lamps were never made or sold by these companies.

Elma

Table lamps like this one appear in a 1970s catalogue as lamps made by Elma.
Elma is a Yugoslavian electrical device company. They produced electrical household appliances and lights from a high quality and design. Elma is located in Ljubljana, Slovenia. Today they produce transformers and relays. The ELMA TT company is consist of 4 companies based in Germany, Austria, Slovenia and Serbia

All the electric parts are made by VLM Components from Buccinasco near Milan in Italy. This lamp has a rare seen version of a switch designed by Achille Castiglioni (1918 – 2002); the VLM 450 switch, made in white and black.

VLM Components was founded in 1945 in Buccinasco, a small village near Milan, Italy. 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.

1970s Purple Aluminium Table Lamp - Elma Table Lamp

1970s Purple Aluminium Table Lamp - 1970s Elma Table Lamp - VLM 450 switch

FLOS Jucker Table Lamp

FLOS Jucker Table Lamp

 

Materials: White painted aluminium. Nickel-plated brass screws and parts. Green felt on the aluminium bottom of the base. Bakelite socket.

Height: 22 cm / 8.66”

Width: ∅ 17,5 cm / 6.88”

Base: ∅ 15 cm / 5.90”

Electricity: 1 bulb E27, 1 x 60 watt maximum, 110/220 volt.
Any type of light bulb can be used. Not a specific one preferred. For this setup a white light bulb was used.

Period: 1960s, 1970s, 1980s – Mid-Century Modern.

Designer: Afra and Tobia Scarpa.

Manufacturer: FLOS Spa, Via Angelo Faini, 2 – 25073 Bovezzo (Brescia), Italy.

Other versions: Made in many colours. First editions such as this one have a green felt bottom. Later versions have a black plastic bottom in the base with the name of the lamp, the designer, FLOS and patent pending pressed in it. The most recent version has a black plastic bottom, but only with a sticker “FLOS made in Italy”. From 1968 on, a switch designed by Achille Castiglioni was used. It is the 450 switch produced by VLM Components also from Italy. The switch of this lamp was made by Norwegian company ELKO AS.

The Jucker table lamp was made for many years. You can find this table lamp over here in the FLOS 1980s catalogue.

Tobia Scarpa

Tobia Scarpa was born in Venice, Italy in 1935. He is the son of the famous architect and designer Carlo Scarpa (1906-1978).
He earned a degree in architecture from the Università Iuav di Venezia in 1957. After his studies he worked for Venini (1957-1961) as a glass designer. Among other things, he designed the “polyhedral” chandelier for Venini.

Together with his wife Afra Bianchinn (born in 1937) they opened their own design office in Montebelluna, some 60 km (37.28 miles) from Venice.

Tobia Scarpa was commissioned, along with Pier Castiglioni, to design the first lamps for FLOS, including this lamp.

The couple designed for Gavina, B&B Italia, Cassina, Meritalia, Benneton, Fabbian, Veas, San Lorenzo, and many other companies. The most famous lamps they designed are the Nictea pendant lamp, the Biagio table lamp, the Nuvola pendant lamp, the Foglio wall lamp, the Butterlfy floor lamp, the Fantasma floor lamp, the Bilobo pendant lamp, the Nigritella pendant lamp, the Capalonga table lamp, to name the most important, all lamps designed for FLOS. The Papillona floor lamp for FLOS in 1973 was one of the first designs that uses the new halogen technology.

Afra and Tobia Scarpa also worked in commercial architecture and interior design. Some of their best-known work was for Benetton. Their collaboration with clothing company began in 1964, with the design of the firm’s first factory. They are credited with several interiors for them including their prototype store in Italy.

Tobia has also been a lecturer at the School of Industrial Design in Venice (Istituto Europeo di Design).

Afra and Tobia Scarpa have won numerous awards for their designs and their projects are exhibited in museums worldwide.

FLOS

FLOS was founded in 1960. The company was born as a small workshop in Merano, where new materials were experimented, and new stylistic and functional researches, when Dino Gavina and Cesare Cassina collaborated with an important importer of an innovative polymeric coating (Cocoon) produced in the United States: Arturo Eisenkeil. The Eisenkeil company is still located in Merano (or Meran), South-Tirol, Italy.

However, the first one who used this kind of material is George Nelson in 1947 for his Bubble pendant lamps. The technique was been developed for mothballing naval ships. George Nelson referred to these lamps as “one of those happy accidents which occur all too infrequently in the designer’s experience”.

Friedel Wauer

Friedel Wauer who is credited by FLOS for devising the technology of spraying the material onto iron frames, was inspired by the “self-wrapping” of a silk worm, hence the naming “cocoon”. Wauer founded his own company: Cocoon-Leuchten International. More info about it over here on Vintageinfo.

The seventies were years of great creative and entrepreneurial ferment. The company rapidly grows and opens its first subsidiary in Germany. In 1974 FLOS acquires Arteluce, the company founded by Gino Sarfatti. As result, several models designed by Gino Sarfatti have been incorporated into the range of FLOS products.

Philippe Starck

In the 1980s a long and exclusive collaboration with Philippe Starck begins, which sheds light on a series of international successes also called cult objects such as the Ara and Miss Sissi table lamps. Numerous collaborations also take place with other well-known designers, including Antonio Citterio, Konstantin Grcic, Jasper Morrison and Marc Newson. Other designers that worked for Flos during the years: Achille & Pier Giacomo Castiglioni, Mario Bellini, Sergio Gandini, Patricia Urqoiola, Vincent van Duysen, Nendo, Piero Lissoni, Johanna Grawunder, Edward Barber & Jay Osgerby, Michael Anstassiades, Fabio Lombardo, Marc Sadler and many others.

Perry A. King & Santiago Miranda, Gianfranco Frattini, Bruno Gecchelin, Cini Boeri, Ezio Didone, Paolo Rizzatto, and many others designed for Arteluce after the takeover by FLOS.

In the nineties, FLOS decided to create its own spin-off called Light Contract, a division specialized in the production of professional products and lighting systems for large commercial spaces.
Nowadays FLOS is still one of the leading companies in its sector.

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