Il Punto Style Table Lamp
Materials: Square curved cast convex brass base with a concave neck, made in 1 piece. Metal roundel and rod inside the base. Brass ornamental tube around the socket. Fabric pagoda lampshade. White painted Bakelite E27 socket.
Total Height: 72 cm / 28.34”
Height: 48,5 cm / 19.09”
Lampshade: 35 x 35 cm / 13.77 x 13.77”
Base: 20,5 x 20,5 cm / 8.07 x 8.07”
Electricity: 1 bulb E27, 1 x 75 watt maximum, 110/220 volt.
Any type of light bulb with an E27 screw base can be used, not a specific one preferred.
Period: 1970s, 1980s – Mid century modern.
Designer: To be appraised.
Manufacturer: Massive, Mortsel, Kontich, Wommelgem, Belgium – attributed, no label present.
Other versions: This Il Punto style table lamp exists in several sizes. All made in cast brass.
Made in the style of the Aran table lamp designed by Ciangiacomo for Il Punto La Bottega, Florence, Italy. The Aran is made of soldered brass plates and therefore much lighter than this one. Also the dimensions are different. Often said it is a design of Maria Pergay, France, but that is not true.
Massive was in origin a bronze foundry and they produced mainly candlesticks, crucifixes and chandeliers in Wilrijk near Antwerp, Belgium. The company was founded in 1926 by Pieter-Jozef De Jaeck. His son Eddy De Jaeck was responsible for the huge expansion of the company in the 1970s. But it were his sons, Piet and Jan De Jaeck who made Massive a true multinational. Thus, they moved production to Eastern Europe and China.
In the 1980s Massive became the leading brand in Europe. In 2002, the brothers left the company to the investment fund CVC Capital Partners, for allegedly more than 250 million euros. Since 2008 the company is owned by Philips and the name of the shops is changed into Light Gallery.
When the takeover by Philips was announced in November 2006 Massive commercialized more than 10.000 lighting products under brand names such as Massive, TRIO and Lirio. The group had about 5.000 employees worldwide and was active in 70 countries.
Massive sold many lamps made by others. Peill + Putzler from Germany and Yamada Shomei from Japan produced lamps for Massive, to name a few. Many other lighting companies did.
The switch and plug of this table lamp were made by VLM Components from Italy in the late 1970s, early 1980s.
Links (external links open in a new window)
Massive – Wikipedia (in Dutch)