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Conical TV Lamp

Materials: Gold coloured anodized aluminium. 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: Produced in blue, red and gold coloured anodized aluminium. Probably also made in other colours. Made in several variations.


No information to be found about the company, except for the fact that Ettore Sottsass designed several items for the company. He designed the ice bucket named Mela in 1953, also in anodized aluminium and an umbrella stand.

Described in several books: The Curious Mr Sottsass: Photographing Design and Desire,Thames and Hudson, 1996 and Ettore Sottsass Metaphors, written by Milco Carboni and Barbara Radicee. Published by Skira in 2002.

VLM Components

All the electric parts are also made in Italy and were produced by the VLM Components company from Buccinasco, near Milan.


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.

Conical TV Lamp - Here with a gold cupped light bulb

Conical TV Lamp

Conical TV Lamp - switch

Conical TV Lamp