Harvey Guzzini Faro Table Lamps
Materials: Heavy round chromed iron base. Chrome rod. White acrylic round mushroom lampshade. Chrome lid on top. Some plastic and metal parts. Bakelite E14 sockets.
Height: 60 cm / 23.62”
Width: ∅ 33 cm / 12.99”
Base: ∅ 23 cm / 9.05”
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. Long candlestick bulbs are visible.
Period: 1970s – Mid-Century Modern.
Designer: Harvey Guzzini, the design team of the company. Several design team names were used over the years.
Manufacturer: Harvey Guzzini, today named iGuzzini illuminazione S.p.A via Mariano Guzzini, 37. 62019, Recanati, Italy.
Other versions: These Harvey Guzzini Faro table lamps were also made as a floor lamp and a pendant lamp. The pendant lamp exists with a cord or a rise & fall mechanism. Produced in red, orange, white, transparent brown…
Faro: Italian word for lighthouse.
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 lamps were also sold under the brand name MEBLO. MEBLO is a Slovenian (Yugoslavia) company.
The MEBLO factory was founded in 1948 when Gorizia craftsmen joined forces and founded the Furniture Factory, later named Edvard Kardelj (communist leader and national hero of World War II). In 1950 the name changed in MEBLO.
At first, they made exclusive furniture, which was later supplemented with upholstered furniture, lighting, plastic and mattresses.
MEBLO also produced plastic chairs and tables, plasticised metal garden tables and chairs, plastic chairs for sports halls, plastic flower beds, mirrors and plastic bathroom equipment (design by Luigi Massoni), wooden set of club tables, shelves, buffet carts and mirrors (design by Gianfranco Frattini).
The last lamps were produced around 1990, 1991 until the break-up of Yugoslavia.
Today the company is named MebloJOGI. It only produces mattresses for beds.
Before Meblo started to produce Harvey Guzzini lamps, Sijaj Hrastnik, another Slovenian company sold them in Yugoslavia.
Acrylic: often named by its commercial name: Perspex, Plexiglas, Crylux, Acrylite, Lucite, is a thermoplastic.
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
Thick chrome base and a big Achille Castiglioni D-661 foot switch made by VLM Components.
Lamps in the movies!
Two orange Harvey Guzzini Faro table lamps 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.
Man About The House
A Harvey Guzzini Faro table lamp was used as a prop in the 1974 British sitcom Man About The House. It appears in episode 5 of the second series. Starring Richard O’Sullivan, Paula Wilcox and Sally Thomsett.
An orange Harvey Guzzini Faro table lamp was used as a prop in the 2022 American supernatural horror film Hellraiser. Starring Odessa A’zion, Jamie Clayton and Adam Faison. Many other Harvey Guzzini lamps appear in this movie that was filmed in Serbia. So they probably all have a Meblo label.
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.