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Nanbu Ell Table Lamp

Materials: Orange acrylic base. Built-in transformer 220 volt – 12 volt/6 volt. Foldable white acrylic elongated lampshade. Black painted aluminium, aluminium hinge.

Height: 23,7 cm / 9.33”

Width: 15,3 cm / 6.02”

Base: 7 x 8 cm  / 2.75 x 3.14”

Electricity: 1 bulb 15CP, 12 volt,  13 watt, 220-240 volt.
Switch with two settings, high and low. (6 and 12 volt)

Period: 1970s – Mid-Century Modern.

Designer: To be appraised.

Manufacturer: Nanbu LTD, Japan –  Nanbu Industrial Co. Ltd, Hong Kong.

Other versions: This Nanbu Ell table lamp exists in a few colours. At least made in white, red and orange. Model number NA-417.

Nanbu is the name of several cities in Japan, but it was also a Japanese samurai clan. 

ELL High Intensity Lamp (printed on the label).

Inspired by the Vademecum table lamp Joe Colombo designed for Kartell.

A company with the name Nanbu Industrial Co. Ltd from Hong Kong exists. If it got anything to do with the company from the 1970s is unclear. According to some sources it was founded around 2008. Maybe the legal status changed or it is another firm. Nanbu is an import and export company.

The Nanbu LTD company in Japan no longer exists. No information to be found. Another Nanbu company exists, but it was founded in 1981 and is named Nanbu Plastics Co.,LTD.

Acrylic: often named by its commercial name: Perspex, PlexiglasCryluxAcryliteLucite, is a thermoplastic.

Nanbu Ell Table Lamp orange white acrylic 1970s Vademecum Joe Colombo Kartell MCM Japan