Harvey Guzzini Sorella Desk Lamp
Materials: Moulded ABS plastic base & lampshade made of 1 piece. Cast iron counterweight inside the base. Black Bakelite E14 socket.
Height: 30 cm / 11.81”
Width: 24 cm / 9.44”
Electricity: 1 bulb E14, 1 x 40 watt maximum, 110/220 volt.
Any type of light bulb can be used. But preferably a white/opaque bulb.
Period: 1970s – Mid-Century Modern.
Designer: S.T. Harvey – Studio 6G – The internal design team of Harvey Guzzini in 1971.
Manufacturer: Harvey Guzzini, Recanati, Italy, today named iGuzzini.
Other versions: The Harvey Guzzini Sorella desk lamp exists in black and white. Later versions have the light bulb in a slightly higher position.
Iconic lamp used in the seventies television series Space:1999 which ran from 1975 until 1978. In the 1979 James Bond film “Moonraker” 3 black Sorella lamps appear on the desk in Dr. Goodheads office. Later on, 007 fights in a Draxs spaceship, which is decorated with white lamps.
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. They are on display here on Vintageinfo.
The company still exists and changed the name in 1974 into iGuzzini and in 1981 to iGuzzini illuminazione.
Project year: 1971
Year of production starting: 1972
Year of production ending: 1980
Commercial code: 3503
Nemo Cassina bought the rights to produce the Sorella lamp in the 2000s. For a while it was in production in white polycarbonate but it’s not exactly the same, because the original moulds were destroyed. It is not for sale anymore.
Lamps in the movies!
The Harvey Guzzini Sorella desk lamp was used as a prop in the TV-series Space: 1999 (1975-1978)
Fiona, Sorella, Birghitta desk lamps and a Full ashtray.
Designs by Fabio Lenci, Studio 6G and Luigi Massoni.
A white Harvey Guzzini Sorella desk lamp. Spotted in Paris, France. Puces du Design fair, April 2018.
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.