iGuzzini Kuala Pendant Lamp
Materials: Bell shade lampshades made of white and translucent acrylic (methacrylate). Chromed metal ball on top of the lampshade. Some plastic parts. White painted Bakelite socket.
Cord Length: 100 cm / 39.37’’
Height: 35 cm / 9.25”
Width: ∅ 45 cm / 17.71”
Electricity: 1 bulb E27, 1 x 100 watt maximum, 110/220 volt.
Any type of light bulb can be used. But preferably a white globe bulb.
Cord Length: 100 cm / 39.37’’
Height: 24,5 cm / 9.64”
Width: ∅ 29 cm / 11.41”
Electricity: 1 bulb E27, 1 x 75 watt maximum, 110/220 volt.
Any type of light bulb can be used. But preferably a white or frosted bulb.
Period: 1970s, 1980s – Mid-Century Modern.
Designer: Franco Bresciani in 1974.
Manufacturer: iGuzzini illuminazione S.p.A via Mariano Guzzini, 37. 62019, Recanati, Italy.
Other versions: The Kuala was also made in black, brown and ochre and in 3 different sizes. A table lamp and floor lamp were also produced. Prototypes of the Kuala were made from 1974 until 1981. Versions exist with a total white or black lampshade with a chromed ring, but without the transparent rim. They were also available with a white or clear diffuser below.
Franco Bresciani also designed the Manta lamp for iGuzzini.
iGuzzini illuminazione was established in 1959 by Raimondo Guzzini under the name Harvey Creazioni. Harvey is derived from the famous movie ‘Harvey’ with James Stuart and the invisible rabbit Harvey from 1950.
The initial production of enameled 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.
iGuzzini produced several lamps with this type of lampshade. The Baobab lamp is one of them. Also the Bella di notte used this type of lampshade and a rare version of the Brumbry, as you can see below.
Acrylic: often named by its commercial name: Perspex, Plexiglas, Crylux, Acrylite, Lucite, is a thermoplastic.
The same type of lampshade was also made for a rare design or special edition of the Brumbry table lamp.
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.