Conical Gold Anodised Aluminium TV Lamp
Materials: Gold coloured anodised aluminium conical lampshade, parts and curved rods. Rubber rings, Bakelite socket.
Height: 19 cm / 7.48”
Width: ∅ 12 cm / 4.72”
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, 1960s – Mid-Century Modern.
Designer: Ettore Sottsass – attributed.
Manufacturer: Rinnovel Industria Metallurgica.
Other versions: This Conical gold anodised aluminium TV lamp exists in blue, red and gold coloured anodised aluminium. Made in several colours and variations.
No information to be found about the company, except for the fact that Ettore Sottsass designed several items for the firm in the 1950s. He designed the ice bucket named Mela in 1953, also in anodized aluminium and an umbrella stand.
Often said that it is described in several books, but that’s not true. These two books are photographs Ettore Sottsass took over the years about all sorts of things, together with some graphic materials. The books are: The Curious Mr Sottsass: Photographing Design and Desire, Thames and Hudson, 1996 and Ettore Sottsass Metaphors, written by Milco Carboni, Barbara Radicee and Ettore Sottsass. Published by Skira in 2002.
All the electric parts are also made in Italy and were produced by the VLM Components company from Buccinasco, near Milan in the 1950s, 1960s.
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.