Kazuo Motozawa Saturno Table Lamp
Materials: White painted metal (iron and brass) round base and tube. White mushroom lampshade made of slat rings. Round metal lid on top. Some metal parts. Bakelite E27 socket.
Height: 30 cm / 11.81”
Width: ∅ 35 cm / 13.77”
Electricity: 1 bulb E27, 1 x 100 watt maximum, 110/220 volt.
Any type of light bulb can be used, not a specific one preferred.
Period: 1970s – Mid-Century Modern.
Designer: Kazuo Motozawa around 1970.
Manufacturer: Yamagiwa Corporation, Japan.
Other versions: This Kazuo Motozawa Saturno table lamp also exists in chrome.
It is always said that this table lamp is named Saturno, but the Saturno is a pendant lamp with many similarities. A similar table and floor lamp as the pendant lamp is named Aureola. The name of this model is unclear. Many models were made.
The Areola table lamps were relaunched for a while around 2010. Pricing was +- 270 euro/dollar.
Models 5633 and 5639 won an iF Design Award in 1971. They all have a round top. This table lamp is flat.
These lamps were all made by the Japanese lighting company Yamagiwa. In Europe these lamps were sold by Staff & Schwarz from Germany. This table lamp is lamp sold by Staff. It has the Staff label.
Kazuo Motozawa was born in Saitama, near Tokyo, Japan in 1945. He graduated from the Musashino Junior College Craft and Industrial Design Department in 1968. After his studies he designed several lamps for Yamagiwa. From 1977 until 1985 he was the director of LD Yamagiwa Laboratory. In 1987 Motozawa established HALO Design Laboratory, Inc. Kazuo Motozawa exhibited frequently and achieved many awards.
The Yamagiwa corporation was founded in 1923 by Hirofumi Yamagiwa (1900-1947). Yamagiwa is the leading Japanese lighting manufacturer. The company also sells lighting from several lamp producers from around the globe. Among others: FLOS, Frank Lloyd Wright, Louis Poulsen, Artemide, Hans-Agne Jakobsson, Le Klint, Anglepoise, Tom Dixon and many more. Yamagiwa is part of Maruwa Co., Ltd.
Staff Leuchten – Staff & Schwarz Leuchtenwerk (lighting plant) – was established by Alfred Staff and Otto Schwarz in Lemgo, (West) Germany in 1945.
Their business started as a shop for consumer goods in wood and metal as well as pesticide for controlling the Colorado potato beetle, a huge problem at that time.
Within a year they the company expanded with 15 employees and they produced the first wrought iron luminaires. Over the next three decades, Staff was to develop into a world leader in design excellence, receiving over 200 awards for their achievements.
Staff also collaborated with the Italian company Stilnovo. They published a joint catalogue in the 1970s. The Dutch Raak and the Danish Lyfa sold several lamps in the 60s and 70s. Several other companies did.
In 1994 Zumtobel bought the company.
Kazuo Motozawa Aureola Table Lamps – re-edition
Lamps in the movies
2 Kazuo Motozawa Saturno table lamps were used as a prop in the 2019 Spanish supernatural crime-thriller film Legado En Los Huesos (The Legacy of the Bones). Starring Marta Etura, Leonardo Sbaraglia and Álvaro Cervantes. This film is a sequel to the 2017 film El Guardián Invisible (The Invisible Guardian). The sequel to this film titled Ofrenda A La Tormenta (Offering to the Storm). Many lamps appear in these 3 films. Most lamps appear in the third film. The Kazuo Motozawa Saturno table lamp also appears in the third movie, but you only see 1 lamp.