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Metalarte Architect Desk Lamp

Materials: Yellow painted cast iron round base. Chrome ring. Yellow painted square metal (iron) rods. 2 chrome springs. Adjustable round conical yellow painted lampshade with elongated slots, painted white inside. Black switch on top. Several metal screws and parts. Bakelite E27 socket.

Height: 55 cm / 21.65”

Lampshade: ∅ 17 cm / 6.69”

Base: ∅ 18 cm / 7.08”

Electricity: 1 bulb E27, 1 x 60 watt maximum, 110/220 volt.
Any type of light bulb can be used, not a specific one preferred.

Period: 1960s, 1970s – Mid-Century Modern.

Designer: To be appraised.

Manufacturer: Metalarte, Paseo de la Ribera 115, Canovelles, Barcelona, Spain.

Other versions: This Metalarte architect desk lamp exists in several colours. It was also made as a clamp lamp, you can find an example over here. The rods and lampshade are adjustable.

The company produced several models of these lamps over the years. They are named Arma (arm). Several of them can be found on Vintageinfo.


The Metalarte company was founded in 1932 in Cannoveles, some 30 km/19 mi from Barcelona in Catalonia, Spain. In the 1960’s and 1970’s it renewed its catalogue and started working with external designers and companies. For instance, they sold lamps produced by Louis Poulsen from Denmark and Arteluce and Stilnovo from Italy. Today the company is part of the Luxonia group. Together with the Troll and Sagelux brands.

Designers that worked for Metalarte are, among others: André Ricard, Enric Franch, Josep Lluscà, Estudi Blanc, Josep Aregall, Oscar and Sergi Devesa, Antoni Arola, Lievore Altherr Molina, Ricard Ferrer, George W. Hansen, Héctor Serrano, Jordi Llopis, Ana Mir, Emili Padrós, Otto Canalda and Ramón Úbeda.