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1970s Foldable Cube Table Lamp

Materials: brown painted aluminium, aluminium reflector, metal parts, black plastic, porcelain socket.

Height (opened): 29 cm / 11.41”

Closed: 16 x 16 cm / 6.29 x 6.29”

Electricity: 1 bulb E27, 1 x 150 watt maximum, 110/220 volt.
Any type of light bulb can be used, not a specific one preferred. For this setup a silver cup light bulb was used.

Period: 1970s – Mid-Century Modern.

Designer: To be appraised, but this light has many similarities with the Dado table lamp designed by Cesare Casati in the 1970s and produced by the famous Italian company Martinelli Luce.

Manufacturer: In all probability a German company. Maybe it is a lamp by Pfäffle Leuchten (Robert Pfäffle K.G. Elektrotechnische und Beleuchtungskörper- Fabrik) from Villingen-Schwenningen. The company no longer exists.

Other versions: At least also made in red, white and black.

VLM Components

The socket and wire were produced by VLM Components, also from Italy. 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. The company is famous for the switches they produced that were designed by Achille Castiglioni.

The plug was made by the German factory APSA (APSA Elektrotechnische Fabrik Ing. Wilhelm Sauerwein GmbH + Co. KG).

1970s Foldable Cube Table Lamp

1970s Foldable Cube Table Lamp - brown

Dado Table Lamp – Cesare Casati 

Dado Table Lamp - Cesare Casati - Martinelli Luce

1970s Foldable Cube Table Lamp - brown

1970s Foldable Cube Table Lamp