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Guzzini Lucerna Style Floor Lamp

Materials: Round chromed metal (iron) base. Chrome rods and  parts. White acrylic mushroom style lampshade. Aluminium lid on top. Some metal parts. Bakelite socket.

Height: 165 cm / 64.96”

Lampshade: ∅ 40 cm / 15.74”

Base: ∅ 30 cm / 11.81”

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: Massive, Mortsel, Kontich and Wommelgem, Belgium.

Other versions: This Harvey Guzzini Lucerna style floor lamp exists in several colours. Also table lamps and pendant lamps exists.

This lamp is almost a copy of the Lucerna floor lamp made by Harvey Guzzini since 1966 and designed by the internal design team Ufficio tecnico interno. The Lucerna was produced until 1977.

The Lucerna floor lamp was made in two versions and many colours. Also a pendant lamp and table lamp were made. Several other lamps with the same base and lampshades with this bow on top exists, but they all have a different name.

The Belgian Massive company is notorious for the copies of lamps they produced. This is a good example with some slight differences, as you can see.

Massive 

Massive was in origin a bronze foundry and they produced mainly candlesticks, crucifixes and chandeliers in Wilrijk near Antwerp, Belgium. The company was founded in 1926 by Pieter-Jozef De Jaeck. His son Eddy De Jaeck was responsible for the huge expansion of the company in the 1970s. But it were his sons, Piet and Jan De Jaeck who made Massive a true multinational. Thus, they moved production to Eastern Europe and China.

In the 1980s Massive became the leading brand in Europe. In 2002, the brothers left the company to the investment fund CVC Capital Partners, for allegedly more than 250 million euros. Since 2008 the company is owned by Philips and the name of the shops is changed into Light Gallery.

When the takeover by Philips was announced in November 2006 Massive commercialised more than 10.000 lighting products under brand names such as MassiveTRIO and Lirio. The group had about 5.000 employees worldwide and was active in 70 countries.

Massive sold many lamps made by others. Peill + Putzler from Germany and Yamada Shomei from Japan produced lamps for Massive, to name a few. Many other lighting companies did.

VLM Components

All the electric parts of this lamp were made in the 1970s by VLM Components from Buccinasco, near Milan in Italy. The company is famous for the switches designed by Achille Castiglioni.

VLM Components is part of the Relco Group, founded in 1967. Today they are the owners of the brands RelcoLeuciRelco LightingVLM and Segno.

Acrylic: often named by its commercial name: Perspex, Plexiglas, Crylux, Acrylite, Lucite, is a thermoplastic.