Eyeball Desk Lamp
Materials: Dark orange painted iron. Chromed metal rod. White painted iron reflector. Some plastic parts. Metal and porcelain socket.
Height rod: 43 cm / 16.92”
Eyeball: ∅ 14 cm / 5.51”
Base: ∅ 20 cm / 7.87”
Electricity: 1 bulb E27, 1 x 60 watt maximum, 110/220 volt.
Any type of light bulb can be used, not a specific one preferred.
Period: 1970s – Mid-Century Modern.
Designer: To be appraised.
Manufacturer: Prova, Italy. Neweba, Switzerland. Massive, Belgium.
Other versions: Made in several colours and models, but all made with the same base.
A few companies used the same base for these lamps. Or were they all made by the same firm and sold by several brands? You can find some examples of a Prova lamp and a Neweba lamp below.
In the UK Prova lamps were also sold by BHS (British Home Stores). There is no label present on this one. Below is the label from the company, it was glued on another, similar lamp. In parts of Europe these lamps were sold by Massive from Belgium and a few other companies.
No information to be found about the Prova company. It must be long gone and forgotten. Prova is also a small town in the north of Italy, some 120 km / 75 miles from Venice. Prova is the Italian word for proof or test.
The Neweba brand still exists and was founded in 1945.
The Achille Castiglioni switch was made by the Italian VLM Components company. The other electric parts are also made by VLM. The switch was designed in 1968.
The flat base is reminiscent of the Coupe and Spider table lamp Joe Colombo designed for Oluce in 1964.
Links (external links open in a new window)
Neweba Switserland website
BHS on Wikipedia
Oluce – Illuminazione
Prova on Wikipedia
Other eyeball lamps on Vintageinfo
VLM switches by Achille Castiglioni on Vintageinfo
Joe Colombo lamps on Vintageinfo
Oluce lamps on Vintageinfo
Massive lamps on Vintageinfo
Prova lamps on Vintageinfo
Other lamps in the movies on Vintageinfo