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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

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

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

Harvey Guzzini Galdino Table Lamp

Harvey Guzzini Galdino Table Lamp - Catalogue picture

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.

Gepo Orange Mushroom Table Lamp

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Antwerpen-Centraal railway station on Wikipedia

In 2009 the American Newsweek-magazine judged the station to be the world’s fourth greatest train station. In 2014 the British-American magazine Mashableawarded it the first place for the most beautiful railway station in the world.

360° panorama of the station

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White version of this lamp on Vintageinfo

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Orange Mushroom Table Lamp

 

Materials: Chromed iron, chromed brass, orange acrylic. Chromed brass, transparent acrylic cord holder and brass with porcelain sockets.

Height: 55 cm / 21.65” – adjustable

Width: ∅ 40 cm / 15.74”

Base:  18 cm / 7.08”

Electricity: 2 bulbs E27, 2 x 75 watt maximum, 110/220 volt.
Any type of light bulb can be used, not a specific one preferred. But opaque or frosted light bulbs gives the best result.

Period: 1960s – Mid-Century Modern.

Designer: To be appraised.

Manufacturer: Gepo N.V. (Naamloze Vennootschap – Limited Company), Amsterdam, The Netherlands. (attributed)

Other versions: Also made with a white lampshade. Some slight differences exist. For instance, the white version here on Vintageinfo has a round ornamental screw to adjust the height.

Gepo N.V.

Gepo N.V. was a family business founded in 1965 by the brothers Posthuma: Peter(sales director) , Jules (purchase and marketing), Archi and Rob (production). The name Gepo is derived from the Gebroeders (brothers) Posthuma.

The brothers started their business with +- 35 euro/dollar borrowed from their mother. In 1972 the company had a turnover of +- 1 million euro/dollar. It was always the intention of the company to produce affordable lamps for the middle class. The Posthuma brothers not only wanted to democratize the light business, but they also wanted to provide every lamp with a dimmer. At that time dimmers were made with a resistor; they were expensive and often broke down. The plan has never been successful. Gepo ended business somewhere in the early 1980’s.

The electric parts are made by the Italian VLM Components company. All electric parts were produced in the mid 1960s, so presumably also this table lamp. 

This lamp was acquired when Veduco, once a famous design shop in AntwerpBelgium, ended business in 1996. The shop was located in the Carnotstraat near the central station. In the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s a boulevard famous for all the furniture and design shops.
This lamp, together with a white one, were the last 2 lamps to be found somewhere in the basement before closing the shop.

Gepo Orange Mushroom Table Lamp

Gepo Orange Mushroom Table Lamp

Gepo Orange & White Mushroom Table Lamp

Eichhof Werke Table Lamp

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Eichhof Werke Table Lamp

 

Materials: Brown coloured plastic, transformer 220-12 volt, halogen light bulb, aluminium diffuser.

Height: 42 cm / 16.53”

Width: 55 cm / 21.65”

Electricity: 1 bulb G4, 1 x 20 watt maximum, 220 volt.
Any type of a G4 halogen light bulb can be used, not a specific one preferred.

Period: 1980s.

Designer: To be appraised.

Manufacturer: Eichhof Werke, Heidgraben 4, 36110 Schlitz, Germany.

Other versions: Made in some varieties.

Eichhof Werke

Eichhof Werke was founded by Eugen Eichhoff in 1919. In 1931 the company started as a specialist in electrical components and systems. In the following years, Eichhof Werke became prominent in the production of paper-winding capacitors and EMC filters.

Eichhof Werke produced lighting for a short period somewhere in the late 1970s and 1980s. This uplight spotlight is one of those examples. Most of the lamps Eichhof Werke produced during that time were telescopic table/desk/bedside lamps. The company still exists.

VLM Components

Often sold as a lamp from the 1970s, but the switch used on this lamp is made in the 1980s. All the electric parts were made by VLM Components in the 1980s. 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.
VLM is part of the Relco Group, founded in 1967. Today they are the owners of the brands RelcoLeuciRelco LightingVLM and Segno.

Philips Tobrouk Table Lamp

French singer Claude François (1939-1978), here in his magazine Podium in 1972 with the 1st edition of the Tobrouk table lamp. Claude François bought the magazine that year and made it a big success.

Philips Tobrouk Table Lamp - Claude François 1972 - Podium Magazine

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Philips Tobrouk Table Lamp

 

Materials: Opaque/white glass. Brass, plastic or Bakelite socket.

Height: 27 cm / 10.62”

Width: ∅ 17,5 cm / 6.88”

Base: ∅ 10,5 cm – 4.13”

Electricity: 1 bulb E27, 1 x 60 watt maximum, 110/220 volt.
Any type of light bulb can be used, but preferably a small one. 

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

Designer: Jean-Paul Emonds-Alt (1928-2014).

Manufacturer: Philips, Turnhout, Leuven, Belgium.

Other versions: Made in several colours and a few versions. The version of 38 cm (14.96”) high is made with two light bulbs inside, one in the base and one in the top of the lamp. It was made in the 1960s and 1970s. The design is slightly different. Later in the 1970s, early 80s they also made a this table lamp. It was also produced with a fluorescent light bulb; the Tobrouk – PL with an 11 watt bulb. 

Jean-Paul Emonds-Alt was a Belgian designer, sculptor, and painter born in Etterbeek near Brussels in 1928. He died on 13 August 2014 at the age of 86. Emonds-Alt studied sculpture at the National School of Architecture and Decorative Arts (Ter Kameren – La Cambre) in Brussels, in the studio of Oscar Jespers, of which he later became assistant.

From 1964 onwards he devoted himself mainly to design, focusing on the shape of industrial products such as this table lamp he designed for PhilipsHe has been repeatedly honored for his work.

Jean-Paul Emonds-Alt also designed the Tahiti table lamp for Philips, a similar lamp also completely made of glass.

Emonds-Alt also designed the logo for the Brussels Metro in 1976.

Tobrouk (Tobruk) is a port city on Libya’s eastern Mediterranean coast, near the border of Egypt.

Koninklijke Philips N.V.

Inspired by the fast-growing electricity industry and the promising results of Gerard Philips own experiments to make reliable carbon filaments, Frederik Philips (his father) financed the purchase of a modest factory in Eindhoven, The Netherlands in 1891.  Frederik Philips was a Jewish banker based in Zaltbommel.

In 1895, after difficult first four years and near bankruptcy, Anton Philips joined the company. He was Gerard’s younger brother. With Anton’s arrival, the family business began to expand rapidly. The brothers changed their family business by founding the Philips corporation. They laid the foundations for the later electronics multinational.

In 1930 the first shaver of the Philips company was introduced and was simply called “The Philishave”.

A day before the German invasion in the Netherlands on 9 Mai 1940, the Philips family fled to the United States of America, taking a large amount of the company capital with them. Operating from the US as the North American Philips Company, they managed to run the company throughout the war. After World War II the company was moved back to the Netherlands, with their headquarters in Eindhoven.

Saturn Tripod Table Lamp

Many thanks to Giuliana from Esperia for all the information.

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Saturn Tripod Table Lamp

 

Materials: Black painted aluminium globe, made in two parts. White painted inside. Brass feet and a brass screw on top. Bakelite socket.

Height: 21 cm / 8.26”

Width: ∅ 16 cm / 6.29”

Electricity: 1 bulb E14, 1 x 40 watt maximum, 110/220 volt.
Any type of light bulb with an E14 socket can be used, not a specific one preferred. 

Period: 1950s – Mid-Century Modern.

Designer: Angelo Brotto (1914-2002) – attributed.

Manufacturer: Esperia, Via Campania, 1D, 53036 Poggibonsi, Italy – attributed.

This lamp is mostly described as a lamp made by Stilux, but you also find it as the “Lumino” lamp designed by Angelo Brotto and made by Esperia

Other versions: Several different versions were made. But they were probably made by several different companies. A versions was made with a white metal ring instead of an acrylic one. Described as a lamp made by Lumen, Italy. They also have straight legs instead of conical, and no brass top. Lumen and Lumino…. Coincidence?

Esperia

The Esperia company was founded in 1952, with the aim of producing chandeliers, table lamps, wall lamps, floor lamps, ceiling lights, wall light panels and furniture. Esperia is famous for the Quasar lamp from the 60s and 70s, designed by the Venetian designer professor Angelo Brotto. Brotto designed many beautiful lamps for Esperia in that period. The Esperia company still exists and they produce very beautiful lighting.

According to Esperia it could be a lamp that was produced by them. But it does not appear in their archives or in any catalogue. “This lamp could be Esperia because the style, the details, the thread and the switch are very similar to our productions. However, in the 50s and 60s many companies did this style of lamps, called ‘for television’ “, thus Esperia.

A lamp to put on your black and white TV to provide some contrast in the, at that time, dark living rooms. 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.

Stilux

The Stilux company no longer exists. There is a Stilux company located in Milan, but it’s got nothing to do with lighting: “Stilux is a company that deals with professional printing and paper converting solutions for communication”. There was also a Sti-lux company that made lamps in the 1990s, but that also no longer exists.

Lumen

The Lumen company from Milan, Italy no longer exists. It was a company active in the 1950s and 1960s.

A.A.G. Stucchi

The plug, switch and socket of this lamp were made by the A.A.G. Stucchi company from the north of Italy, some 50 km (31 miles) from the capital of all Italian lights: Milan. Stilux was one of those companies that used electric parts of A.A.G. Stuchi.

A.A.G. Stucchi was founded in 1944 and was first named Electra. In 1950 the name changed into A.A.G. Stucchi. The company’s founding members are Aristide,Arturo and Giuseppe Stucchi. A.A.G. Stucchi is located in the city of y.

Saturn Tripod Table Lamp

Angelo Lelii Calla Table Lamp

Angelo Lelii Calla Table Lamp

 

Materials: Red and white painted aluminum lampshade. Brass parts, brass tripod. White rubber feet. Bakelite socket.

Height: 30 cm / 11.81”

Width: ∅ 11 cm / 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: 1950s – Mid-Century Modern.

Designer: Angelo Lelii aka Angelo Lelli (1911 – 1979).

Manufacturer: Arredoluce, Monza, Italy.

Other versions: Made in several colours. A mint green table lamp is below.

This table lamp is always named ”Calla” after the flower calla lily. But the Calla table lamp designed by Angelo Lelii is a different lamp and designed around 1950. It was also made as a floor lamp and it has many flowers standing in a diabolo style base. This lamp was only named “table lamp” when produced around 1959.

These type of lamps are all “TV-lamps”. Table lamps that were intended to put on top of a black and white TV to create a backlight in the at that time very dark living rooms. Rooms were completely blacked out to get a better look at the blurry TV screen.

This table lamp is described in the book: Arredoluce – Catalogo Ragionato 1943-1987 – Catalogue Raissonné. Written by Anty Pansera, Alessandro Padoan and Alessandro Palmaghini. Published by SilvanaEditoriale. It is located on page 322. The Calla floor and table lamp are on page 123 and also on page 281.

Arredoluce

Angelo Lelii is the founder of Arredoluce; Italy’s most innovative lighting firm of the 1950s and 1960s. He stands out with his innovative research into form, matter and colour. The company was active from 1943 until 1987.

Designers that worked for Arredoluce: Gio Ponti, Ettore Sottsass Jr., Vico Magistretti. Mario Tedeschi, Nanda Vigo. Egle Amaldi, Vincenzo Gozzini. Achille Castiglioni, Pier Giacomo Castiglioni. Marco Comolli, Luigi Radice, Enrico Taglietti, Innocente Gandini. Gregotti Meneghetti Stoppino, Cesare Lacca. Franco Giovanni Legler, Elio Monesi.

Angelo Lelii

Angelo Lelii was born in 1911 in Monza, near Milan in Italy. He was responsible for the design and manufacture of hundreds of beautiful lamps. In 1943 he created his first lamp in his basement at home. In 1946 he had a complete page in the famous Domus-magazine and in 1947 he started his company Arredoluce in his hometown. The company ended business in 1987.

You can find an Italian lamp company on the internet with the same name, but they just use this name, they got nothing to do with the original.

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Angelo Lelii

Mint green version of this table lamp

Angelo Lelii Calla Table Lamp

F.A.A.I. Arredo Prisma Table Lamps

F.A.A.I. Arredo Prisma Table Lamps or Wall Lamps

 

Materials: Cast aluminium, painted dark blue and white/red and white. Galvanized iron bottom plate. 4 plastic screws that serve as feet. Bakelite sockets.

Height: 18 cm / 7.08”

Width: 9 x 9 cm / 3.54 x 3.54”

Electricity: 1 bulb E14, 1 x 30 watt maximum, 110/220 volt.
Not any type of light bulb can be used, it has to be a small spotlight.
The lamp with the dimmer is different. It uses 1 bulb BA15, 1 x 30 watt maximum, 12 Volt. It got a built-in transformer 220 Volt to 12 Volt. 

Period: 1970s – Mid-Century Modern.

Designer: To be appraised.

Manufacturer: F.A.A.I. Arredo, Cremona, Italy.

Other versions: Made in many colours. These lamps have 4 recesses to hang them on the wall.

F.A.A.I. Arredo

Notting to be found about F.A.A.I. Arredo. Arredo is the Italian word for furniture. F.A.A.I. Arredo must be long gone and it looks like they only produced these table or wall lamps.

The company was located in Cremona. Cremona is a city in northern Italy, situated in Lombardy, on the left bank of the Po River. It is the capital of the province of Cremona. Cremona is also the hometown of the famous Stradivarius violins made by Antonio Stradivari.

Some people say that this lamp was designed by Meo Caffi. No proof to be found about this attribution. The lamps are labeled, fortunately, but only with a label FAAI Arredo Cremona and a label F.A.A.I. Made in Italy.

The only result for Meo Caffi is a “Chronicon antiquum” book from 1616 in Latin by Léon de Marsico. Meo is me and Caffi could be a name: Me Caffi. Other translations say “my coffee”.     

VLM Components

All the electric parts were produced by VLM Components in the 60s and early 70s. 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.
VLM is part of the Relco Group, founded in 1967. Today they are the owners of the brands RelcoLeuciRelco LightingVLM and Segno.

Fase

The Fase company was founded by self-made man Pedro Martin and designer Luis Pérez de la Oliva in 1964, some sources say 1966. The Boomerang lamp was one of their first designs. Initially they sold their self-produced lamps to the markets in and around the capital Madrid before successfully opening a factory in Torrejón de Ardoz on the outskirts of the city.

They produced mainly lamps, but also ashtrays and other products such as office bins and coat racks.

Fase supplied many lamps to the offices of General Franco‘s dictatorial government and the Guardia Civil, some sort of military police. From 1975 on, after the death of Franco and the end of the regime, Fase started with Italian Modern and Bauhaus-inspired designs. The Spaniards were unfamiliar with this design because of the Franco regime that ruled the country with an iron fist and allowed few foreign influences.

During the 70s Fase exported lamps to BelgiumThe NetherlandsLuxembourg,  Great BritainNorwayFranceItalyGermanyPortugalUnited Arab EmiratesJapanHong KongMorocco, the United States and Canada. In total in more than 32 countries.

In the 1980s Fase jumped on the bandwagon of the halogen lighting. The break with tradition proved unsuccessful and ultimately contributed to the end of the business. A large fine of the Treasury in the early nineties for tax irregularities was the end for Fase. The company was officially dissolved in 1996.

Drowned, the company sold its manufacturing license to a German brand, Ma-Of, which slightly modified the original design by adding more chrome. Before these final death rattles, the partners had already separated. Luis Pérez de la Oliva had created his own brand Lupela, another flagship of Spanish design. GEI (Gabinete Estudios Industriales – Cabinet Industrial Studies) was another company that sold similar lamps. Also Massive from Belgium produced a few lamps in this style.

When the company stopped producing them abruptly, there was a lot of ‘stock’ available in the warehouses. That’s why you find relatively many lamps with a label attached. Many lamps are sold new and never used in the box (NOS – New Old Stock).

Designers that worked for the company are amongst others: Gabriel Teixidó. He designed the Iberia and Meca series and Tomás Díaz Magro, responsible for the ApoloMinifase and Impala lamps. The most productive was Luis Pérez de la Oliva, who designed the majority of the Fase lamps.

Fase also sold lamps made by others such as the Yamada Shomei ‘Manon’ table lamp from Japan. You can find it over here on Vintageinfo. The Prisma table lamp was produced in Italy by F.A.A.I. Arredo. Also the Sinus stacking ashtray made by Helit from Germany. A design by Walter Zeischegg from 1967. You can find it here in the MoMA, New York.

Toucan Table Lamp

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Toucan Table Lamp

 

Materials: Plastic, Bakelite socket.

Total height: 23 cm / 9.05”

Width lampshade: 18 cm / 7.08”

Width base: 12 cm / 4.72”

Electricity: 1 bulb E14, 1 x 25 watt maximum, 110/220 volt.
Any type of light bulb can be used, but a small one is preferred.

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

Designer: To be appraised; OTF (Old Timer Ferrari), Verona, Italy.

Manufacturer: Old Timer Ferrari, Verona, Italy.

Other versions: Made in different colours and 3 sizes. This one is the normal size, there is a bigger one (32 cm – 12.6”) and a small one (12 cm – 4.7”) on batteries. They can be used as desk lamp, table lamp or bedside lamp.

Editions exist without markings. In all probability first editions, certainly no copies because everything is exactly the same (dimensions, materials).

Versions exist with a VLM switch from circa 1965 and versions with the Achille Castiglioni VLM switch. The Achille Castiglioni switch went in production in 1968. In all probability these lamps were produced from the late 1960s until the 1970s. The O.T.F. company no longer exists.

Beware: Never use a incandescence light bulb of more than 25 watts! The number of melted toucan lamps is uncountable.

 

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Toucan bird on Wikipedia

VLM Components switches on Vintageinfo

Toucan Table Lamp - Old Timer Ferrari

Toucan Table Lamp - Old Timer Ferrari

Toucan Table Lamp - Old Timer Ferrari - Yellow

Toucan Table Lamp - Old Timer Ferrari - Red

Man In The Moon Table Lamps

Man In The Moon Table Lamps - Made of plastic. Produced by Valvic (electrical products) Ltd, London in the 1960s.

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Man In The Moon Table Lamps

 

Materials: Black triangular plastic base. Vanilla plastic moons. Bakelite sockets.

Height: 28 cm / 11.02”

Width: 21 cm / 8.26”

Base: 10 x  15,3 cm / 3.93 x 6.02”

Electricity: 1 bulb BA15, 1 x 15 watt maximum, 110/220 volt. Any type of BA15 light bulb can be used, not a specific one preferred.

Period: 1960s.

Designer: To be appraised.

Manufacturer: Valvic Electrical Products Ltd. London, United Kingdom.

Other versions: Presumably not.

Valvic

Unfortunately, not much information to be found about the company. Only a patent in 1966 for a lamp and a sentence in The London Gazette from 24th October 1974 that the company was dissolved:

“Notice is hereby given, pursuant to section 353 (5) of the Companies Act, 1948, that the names of the undermentioned Companies have been struck off the Register. Such Companies are accordingly dissolved as from the date of the publication of this notice. These lists may include Companies which are being removed from the Register at their own request. “

Fortunately, there is a lot of text on the lamps themselves:

Molded in the plastic: Made in Engeland – Valvic Electrical Products Ltd, London – Do not use a higher power bulb than 15 W – British reg design no 919159.

The registered design number 919159 is dated 1964 – 1965.

VLM Components

All the electric parts were made by VLM Components in the 1960s. 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.
VLM is part of the Relco Group, founded in 1967. Today they are the owners of the brands RelcoLeuciRelco LightingVLM and Segno.

Man In The Moon Table Lamps - Valvic Electrical Products Ltd, London

Man In The Moon Table Lamps - Valvic Electrical Products Ltd, London - Made in England

Man In The Moon Table Lamps - Valvic Electrical Products Ltd, London - Do not use a higher power bulb than 15 W - British reg design no 919159

Man In The Moon Table Lamps - Valvic Electrical Products Ltd, London

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.

Got an idea about this bedside/table lamp? Please let us know!

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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

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

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.

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