Vintage Info – All About Vintage Lighting

A white version of the Joe Colombo KD 27 table lamp was used as a prop in Mr. Nobody (2009), a science fiction drama film written and directed by Jaco Van Dormael. Jaco Van Dormael is a Belgian film director, screenwriter and playwright. The lamp on the table is in all probability a Majestic Lamp Company table lamp (USA) from the 1950s.

Joe Colombo Kartell KD 27 Table Lamp - Mr. Nobody (2009)

Used as a prop in the 1969 film Paris N’existe Pas from 1969. The story of an artist who uses drugs and develops the ability to see into the future and the past. His hallucinations increase with time. Featuring French singer Serge Gainsbourg and Richard Leduc as the artist. In this scene together with an Orange Glass Table Lamp.

Joe Colombo KD 27 Table Lamp - Paris N'existe Pas (1969)

A Kartell KD 29 table lamp appears in the Belgian TV-series “Huizenjagers” (House hunters). This series is broadcast on Vier (4) since 2017.  Other lamps in this picture: the Panthella floor lamp of Verner Panton and the Harvey Guzzini Clan designed by  Studio 6G. 

Kartell Joe Colombo KD 29 Table Lamp - Huizenjagers 4


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Joe Colombo KD 27 Table Lamp


Materials: Red and white ABS plastic. Bakelite socket.

Height: 24 cm / 9.44”

Width:  24 cm / 9.44”

Electricity: 1 bulb E14, 1 x 60 watt maximum, 110/220 volt.
Any type of light bulb can be used, but preferably a white/opaque bulb.

Period: 1960s – Mid-Century Modern.

Designer: Joe Colombo, born Cesare Colombo, Milan Italy (30 July 1930 – 30 July 1971).

Manufacturer: Kartell, Milan, Italy.

Other versions: Made in many colours. The bigger version KD 29 is a desk lamp as you can see below.

The table lamp KD 27 (and the KD 29, a larger model) is designed by Joe Colombo for Kartell in 1967. This light is stackable and sold as table or floor lamp. Made from 1967 until 1981. Early versions are made from a different kind of plastic and have the bulb and socket in the middle.

Joe Cesare Colombo

Joe Colombo was born in 1930 in Milan, Italy and went to school at the Brera Academy of Fine Arts (Accademia di Belle Arti di Brera), where he studied painting and sculpture. Until 1954 he studied Architecture at Politecnico di Milano (Polytechnic University of Milan).

A year later, in 1955 Colombo joined the Art Concept Group, and gave up his painting to promote his design career.

Colombo had to take over the family company in 1959, which produced electric appliances. He started to experiment with new construction and production technologies and in 1962 Colombo opened his own interior design and architecture projects.

Joe Colombo designed products for Alessi, Bieffe, Boffi, Flexform, Oluce and off course Kartell.

One of his most famous lamps is the Topo. Made as a floor lamp, clamp lamp, desk lamp and table lamp and produced by Stilnovo in the 1970s.

Joe Colombo died in 1971 on his birthday. He was only 41 years old.


Kartell is an Italian company that produces plastic contemporary furniture.  The company, head-quartered in Milan, began manufacturing auto-mobile accessories in 1949. It expanded into home furnishings in 1963. It was founded by Italian chemical engineer Giulio Castelli (1920 – 2006) and his wife and architect Anna Castelli Ferrieri (1918 – 2006). Kartell became well-known due to the work of design’s by her hand.

Joe Colombo book at published by the Vitra Design Museum, Germany.

Joe Colombo KD27 Kartell Table Lamp - green

Joe Colombo KD27 Kartell Table Lamp - black

Joe Colombo KD 29 Table Lamp - red

Joe Colombo

Used a s a prop in the 2016 French comedy film Un Homme À La Hauteur (Up for Love). The film is a remake of the 2013 Argentine film Corazón de León. Also in the room an AJ floor lamp designed by Arne Jacobsen in 1960 and produced by Louis Poulsen. A Serge Mouille wall lamp is also present.

Joe Colombo Kartell KD 27 table lamp in the film Un Homme A La Hauteur (2016)