Fabio Lenci Birghitta Table Lamp
Materials: Brown thermoformed acrylic half round lampshade with a white layer on the inside. Black plastic rim. Some chrome parts. Black Bakelite E27 socket with a chrome ring.
Height: 49 cm / 19.29”
Width: 39.2 cm / 15.43”
Depth: 34 cm / 13.38”
Electricity: 1 bulb E27, 1 x 60 watt maximum, 110/220 volt.
Any type of light bulb can be used. But preferably a silver tipped light bulb.
Period: 1970s – Mid-Century Modern.
Designer: Fabio Lenci in 1972.
Manufacturer: Design House, Harvey Guzzini, Recanati, Italy, today named iGuzzini.
Other versions: The Fabio Lenci Birghitta table lamp exists in brown and white. Pricing at that time was 46.000 lire, some 65 euro.
Project year: 1972
Year of production starting: 1972
Year of production ending: 1974
Commercial code: 4007
Fabio Lenci was born in Rome in 1935. His first awarded designs were kitchens in the early sixties. For Harvey Guzzini he designed the Focus lamp series, the Luciala lamp series, the Lampione floor lamp and the Birghitta table lamp, named after his wife. He also designed lamps for Zumtobel and Ilform.
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. They are on display here on Vintageinfo.
The company still exists and changed the name in 1974 into iGuzzini and in 1981 to iGuzzini illuminazione.
Designers that worked for Harvey Guzzini – iGuzzini are, among others: Giò Ponti, 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, Luigi Massoni and of course Fabio Lenci.
Fabio Lenci Birghitta table lamp together with the Fiona and Sorella desk lamps and a Full ashtray in a 1972 catalogue photo.
Designs by Fabio Lenci, Luigi Massoni and Studio 6G.
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Logo used between 1959 and 1964. Inspired by the 1950 film “Harvey“, starring James Stewart.
Logo used between 1965 and 1977. This logo was designed by Luigi Massoni.
The architect Massoni was invited to work with Harvey as the company’s art director, a move that gave further impetus to the idea of collaborating with designers.
Between 1967 and 1971, Ennio Lucini designed the catalogue tor the DH brand, under which lamps for home lighting were marketed.
Logo used from 1974 until today, designed by Advema G&R Associati. This logo embodied the company’s entire output, which was marketed under other brands such as DH, Doma and Atelier.
It was during this period that the company began making technical products. Spot and flood lights in particular.