Harvey Guzzini Sirio Table Lamps
Materials: White acrylic globe. 2 chromed brass ornamental nuts, brass tubular screw. Bakelite socket.
Height: 20 cm / 7.87”
Width: 15.5 cm / 6.10”
Electricity: 1 bulb E14, 1 x 40 watt maximum, 110/220 volt.
Any type of light bulb can be used. But preferably a white or frosted bulb.
Period: 1970s – Mid-Century Modern.
Manufacturer: Harvey Guzzini, Recanati, Italy.
Other versions: These Harvey Guzzini Sirio table lamps exists in several colours. In 1973 the dimensions slightly changed. You can find them in orange, smoked clear acrylic, or a combination of these colours. Also made in yellow, green, red and so on.
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 most of them can be found here on Vintageinfo.
The company still exists and changed the name in 1974 into iGuzzini and in 1981 to iGuzzini illuminazione.
Acrylic: often named by its commercial name: Perspex, Plexiglas, Crylux, Acrylite, Lucite, is a thermoplastic.
Sirio 3505 Scheme
Harvey Guzzini Sirio table lamps – catalogue picture
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Lamps in the movies
Two Harvey Guzzini Sirio table lamps were used as a prop in the French comedy Mon Pire Cauchemar – My Worst Nightmare – from 2011. Starring Isabelle Huppert and Benoît Poelvoorde.
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.