Probably a prototype (pictures left), or at least a strange edition.
Notice the difference; a longer rod (63 cm – 24.80”, the other one is 57 cm – 22.44” high, also not the 60 cm as it should be), a thicker and heavy foot, an old VLM-switch; not the Achille Castiglioni switch from 1968 as always, a nut on the bottom of the rod, and the top is not sealed and chromed but a has a plastic closing piece. They were acquired from the first owner who claimed that the lamps had always been like this and that there was nothing changed during the years.
Orange version of the Harvey Guzzini Faro table lamps
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Harvey Guzzini Faro Table Lamps
Materials: Plastic (acrylic/methacrylate) and chromed metal. Bakelite sockets.
Height: 60 cm / 23.62”
Width: ∅ 33 cm / 12.99”
Electricity: 2 light bulbs E14, 2 x 60 watt maximum, 110/220 volt.
Any type of light bulb can be used, but preferably a small round one.
Period: 1960s – Mid-Century Modern.
Designer: Harvey Guzzini, the design team of the company, led by Luigi Massoni.
Manufacturer: Harvey Guzzini, Recanati, Italy, today named iGuzzini.
Other versions: Also made as floor lamp and ceiling lamp. Produced in red, orange, white, transparent brown…
Faro: Italian word for lighthouse.
iGuzzini illuminazione was established in 1959 under the name Harvey Creazioni. Harvey is derived from the famous movie ‘Harvey’ with James Stuart and the invisible rabbit Harvey in the 1950s.
The initial production of enameled copper objects was supplemented by decorative luminaires. The company still exists.
Project year: 1970
Year of production starting: 1970
Year of production ending: 1981
Commercial code: 2248
Period: 1970 – 1972
Commercial code: 4020
Period: 1973 – 1981
Prototypes of this lamp were made from 1967 until 1973.
Transparant smoked plastic version
Maybe a prototype or a strange edition.
Thick foot and a big Achille Castiglioni D-661 foot switch made by VLM.
The Faro table lamp was used as a prop in the 9th James Bond movie “The Man with the Golden Gun” from 1974 with Roger Moore (1927-2017), Christopher Lee (1922-2015) and Britt Ekland (born 1942).
The Faro table lamp on the desk of Miss Moneypenny played by Lois Maxwell (1927-2007).
Two orange versions of the Harvey Guzzini Faro table lamp were used as a prop in the French comedy film Le Jouet (The Toy) from 1976. Produced by Pierre Richard, starring Pierre Richard and Michel Bouquet.
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.