Design House Disco Pendant Lamp
Materials: Whirligig, whirl-about spinner toy style light made of two acrylic shells in orange and white. Metal rod, chrome handle, chrome canopy. Some metal parts. 3 Bakelite E14 sockets.
Cord: This one has an adjustable rise & fall mechanism (55-120 cm / 21.65-47.24″). It can be easily adjusted in height by pulling the chrome handle underneath.
Height: 50 cm / 19.68”
Width: ∅ 55 cm / 21.65”
Electricity: 3 bulbs E14, 3 x 40 watt maximum, 110/220 volt.
Any type of light bulb can be used, not a specific one preferred.
Period: 1960s – Mid-Century Modern.
Designer: Studio D.A.: Cesare Maria Casati and Carlo Emanuele Ponzio in 1966.
Manufacturer: Harvey Guzzini DH (Design House), via Mariano Guzzini, 37. 62019, Recanati, Italy. Today named iGuzzini.
Other versions: The Design House Disco pendant lamp also exists in black & white. Probably also made in a few other colours. A table lamp and floor lamp with a round white ABS plastic base also exists, as you can see.
Designed in 1966, in production until +- 1972.
These lamps were released under the Design House label. It was used for a short time by Harvey Guzzini in the late 1960s, early 1970s. Also a store was opened in 1969 in the center of Milan under the name Harvey Guzzini-DH.
In some countries the Disco series were sold under the brand name Meblo. Meblo is a Croatian (Yugoslavian at that time) company that sold products from Harvey Guzzini. Meblo still exists.
Studio D.A. was founded by Cesare Maria Casati (1936 – 2015) and Carlo Emanuele Ponzio (1923 – 2015) in Milan, Italy. More information and a biography on their website.
Studio D.A. designed many beautiful lamps such as the Pillola (pill) table lamp for Ponteur in 1968. Many important design companies have collaborated with Studio D.A.. Including Venini, Martinelli Luce, Raak, Harvey Guzzini, Candle (FontanaArte), Comfort, Abet Print and Arflex.
iGuzzini illuminazione was established in June 1958 by Raimondo Guzzini (born 1928) under the name Harvey.
Harvey is derived from the famous movie ‘Harvey’ with James Stuart and the invisible rabbit Harvey from 1950.
The initial production of enamelled 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 – iGuzzini – Design House designers are, among others: Giò Ponti, Luigi Massoni, Rodolfo Bonetto, Bruno Gecchelin, Renzo Piano, Norman Foster, Gae Aulenti, Piero Castiglioni, Jean-Michel Wilmotte, Mario Cucinella, Dean Skira, Renzo Piano, Massimo Iosa Ghini, Enzo Eusebi, Massimiliano e Doriana Fuksas, Jean-Marie Duthilleul, Maurici Ginès, Maurici Ginès, Roberto Pamio, Paul Andreau, Felice Ragazzo, Giuseppe De Goetzen, Franco Bresciani, Carlo Urbinati, Giuseppe Cormio, Ermanno Lampa, Sergio Brazzoli and of course Studio D.A.
The rise & fall mechanism of this Disco pendant lamp was produced in Italy by Rolly. Rolly was one of the biggest producers in Europe of this type of rise & fall mechanisms. Some mechanisms have a date pressed in it. Dates on Rolly mechanisms appear until the mid 70’s. Later in time no date was pressed in the plastic anymore. The Rolly company no longer exists. Other pendant lamps with a Rolly rise & fall mechanism can be found here.
Often named by its commercial name: Perspex, Plexiglas, Crylux, Acrylite, Lucite, is a thermoplastic.
Disco pendant and table lamp – Design House catalogue pictures
Many thanks to Urban of TheCuriousCaseShop for the photos and the enthusiasm. You can find his shop on Etsy over here.