Metalarte Arma Architect Desk Lamp
Materials: Black painted round cast iron base, painted with wrinkle paint. Black painted metal (iron) square rods. 4 chrome springs. Black painted round lampshade, painted white inside. Black rotary switch. Bakelite E27 socket.
Max Height: 120 cm / 47.24”
Lampshade: ∅ 18 cm / 7.08”
Base: ∅ 22 cm / 8.66”
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: 1970s – Mid-Century Modern.
Designer: To be appraised.
Manufacturer: Metalarte, Paseo de la Ribera 115, Canovelles, Barcelona, Spain.
Other versions: This Metalarte Arma architect desk lamp exists in several colours. It was also made as a clamp lamp.
Arma is the Spanish word for arm.
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.
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This architect lamp as a clamp lamp in white
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Many thanks to Lluís from Eclectique Vintage for the photos and the enthusiasm.