Harvey Guzzini Medusa Table Lamp
Materials: Conical chromed metal (iron) base. Brown degrading acrylic mushroom lampshade, white on the inside. Chrome ornamental screw on top. Some metal parts. 3 Bakelite sockets.
Height: 40 cm / 15.74”
Width: ∅ 35 cm / 13.77”
Base: ∅ 24 cm / 9.44”
Electricity: 3 bulbs E14, 3 x 60 watt maximum, 110/220 volt.
Any type of light bulb can be used, not a specific one preferred. But white or frosted bulbs gives the most beautiful result.
Period: 1960s, 1970s – Mid-Century Modern.
Designer: Luigi Massoni (1930 – 2013).
Manufacturer: Harvey Guzzini, Recanati, Italy, today named iGuzzini.
Other versions: This Harvey Guzzini Medusa table lamp exists in several varieties. Not only a first and a second edition exists of this table lamp, but it was sold with or without a white diffuser below. Also pendant lamps were made.
The first editions have a slightly different, thinner base and had a different ornamental screw on top with a handle. The second edition was made “tighter” and more modern.
Almost the same thing happened with the Toledo, a very similar lamp with the same bases but with a different lampshade. You can find this lamp over here on Vintageinfo.
Prototypes were made from 1967 until 1973.
This Harvey Guzzini Medusa table lamp was also sold under the brand name Meblo. It was named Meduza. Meblo is a Croatian (Yugoslavian at that time) company that sold products from Harvey Guzzini. Meblo still exists.
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.
Often named by its commercial name: Perspex, Plexiglas, Crylux, Acrylite, Lucite, is a thermoplastic.
Project Year: 1967
Harvey Guzzini Medusa table lamp
4010 – Lamp with a white acrylic diffuser below.
4011 – Lamp without the diffuser
Period: 1968 – 1978
Harvey Guzzini Medusa pendant lamp
The pendant lamp was made in 2 sizes.
Pendant lamps without diffuser:
3014: 35 x 23 cm / 13.77 x 9.05”
3015: 45 x 27 cm / 17.71 x 10.62”
Pendant lamps with diffuser:
3016: 35 x 27 cm / 13.77 x 10.62”
3017: 45 x 31 cm / 17.71 x 12.20”
Lamps in the movies
A rare seen metallic green Harvey Guzzini Medusa table lamp was used as a prop in the 1968 film Diabolik or Danger: Diabolik. An action film produced by Dino De Laurentiis based on the Italian comic series Diabolik by Angela and Luciana Giussani. Starring John Phillip Law, Marisa Mell, Michel Piccoli, Adolfo Celi and Terry-Thomas.
Many thanks to Rok and Petra from TheFifthHandShop for the beautiful pictures and enthusiasm. You can find their shop over here on Etsy.
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.