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Chrome Wall Lamp

Materials: Chromed metal (iron and brass) adjustable tubular lampshade. Chrome ornamental screws and nut. Chrome joint and rod. Black painted iron round wall mount. Metal and porcelain E27 socket.

Height: 26 cm / 10.23” – adjustable

Width: 20,5 cm / 8.07”

Base: 7,5 cm / 2.95”

Electricity: 1 bulb E27, 1 x 100 watt maximum, 110/220 volt.
Any type of light bulb with an E27 screw base can be used, not a specific one preferred. For this setup a clear bulb was used.

Period: 1980s.

Designer: To be appraised.

Manufacturer: Les Ateliers Boulanger NV, Eedstraat 56, 1070 Anderlecht (Brussels). Martelarenlaan 155, 3010 Kessel-Lo, Belgium.

Other versions: This chrome wall lamp was also made as a desk lamp in a slightly longer version, as you can see in the photo of the TV series Unité 42. The movable mechanism was used for several types of lamps. On the left 2 floor lamps, below another desk lamp.

The design of these wall lamps is similar with the Sonet wall lamps, designed by Hans Per Jeppesen for Fog & Mørup.

S.A. Boulanger

S.A. Boulanger was founded in Anderlecht, Belgium in 1945. The company is famous for the large amount of lights it produced that were designed by Gaetano Sciolari. At some point in the 1980s the company changed their name in Les Ateliers Boulanger NV.

It has long been thought that they were two different companies, but that is because a trader from Liège, Belgium persisted that the lamps came from Herstal, near Liège.

In 1996 the company had 11 employees. The firm moved in 1998 to the Martelarenlaan 155 in 3010 Kessel-Lo, near Leuven. In the period 1995 – 2001 Jean-Philippe Spalart was the CEO. He did a feasibility study for the transfer of the company to China, Eastern Europe and Africa. Relocation of the manufacture in Zimbabwe.

Boulanger was specialised in metal processing and manufacturers high-end lamps and lighting fixtures. Les Ateliers Boulanger ended business in 2006.

Massive & Boulanger

Massive sold several Boulanger models over the years. The only difference is the typical Massive canopy/ceiling cap and some other parts.

Old text from the 1990s

Boulanger sells mainly in the high-end lighting markets in BelgiumGermany and Luxembourg. The growing sales in the US and in South Africa are of growing importance to the company. Due to the highly competitive market, having product with a high added value is very important. The intelligent lamp is an important advantage, compared to our competitors, and will increase our market share in an important way.

The most important local competitors are Massive, a Belgian company, market leader in Europe (turnover of 100 MEUR), Deknudt at Deerlijk (turnover 2.5 MEUR) and some 10 other Belgian competitors of its own size. There is important competition from southern European and Asian competitors. The market share of Boulanger is only a few percent of the share of the Belgian companies. It is a small company with a turnover of about 300 k EURO.”

“Most Boulanger lamps are low voltage and halogen lamps (220V up to 300W or 12V up to 50W).
The products are sold to retail shops. In Belgium, about 300 retail shops sell its products. There are around 40 retail shops abroad: Luxembourg, Germany, France and South Africa.”

Chrome wall lamps black round metal base Les Ateliers Boulanger spotlight 1970s 1980s Mid-Century Modern

Desk lamp with the same connector between the rod and lampshade

Les Ateliers Boulanger Desk Lamp round chrome base chrome rod chrome lampshade 1970s 1980s Mid-Century Modern

Les Ateliers Boulanger label Brussels Kessel-Lo Belgium lighting company 1970s 1980s 1990s MCM

Floor lamps with the same connector between the rod and lampshade

Les Ateliers Boulanger Floor Lamps chrome base and rod black lampshade 1970s Belgium Mid-Century Modern