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1950s Italian Celluloid Floor Lamp


Materials: Brass parts, painted brass, some old plastic. Celluloid lampshades. Bakelite sockets.

Height: 165 cm / 64.96”

Width: 45 cm / 17.71”

Base: 34 x 34 cm  / 13.38” x 13.38”

Electricity: 4 bulbs E27, 4 x 60 watt maximum, 110/220 volt.
Any type of light bulb can be used, not a specific one preferred.

Period: 1950s – Mid-Century Modern.

Designer: To be appraised.

Manufacturer: To be determined.

The only clue that this beautiful lamp gives is that it got a very old switch made by the VLM Components company from Buccinasco, Italy. Also the sockets are made by the same company.

In 1968 VLM started with the production of the famous VLM-switches designed by Achille Castiglioni. More info about these switches on Vintageinfo: Achille Castiglioni VLM Switches.
VLM Components was founded in 1945 in Buccinasco, a small village near Milan, Italy, today part of the Relco group.

The lampshades are made in the ‘Rispal’ style, a design by the famous French designer Georges Léon Rispal in the 1950s. Rispal is famous for his original creations and biomorphic forms. These lampshades are made from some celluloid (Rhodoid).


Links (external links open in a new window)

Celluloid on Wikipedia
Cellulose acetate on Wikipedia
Rhodoïd on Wikipedia

Other lamps in the folded lampshades ‘Rispal’ style on Vintageinfo:

Rispal Pendant Lamp
Diabolo Pendant Lamps
Other Rispal style lamps

1950s VLM Switch