Nuova Veneta Lumi Desk Lamp
Materials: Red painted round metal (iron) base. Rectangular black built-in switch. Black metal lid on the bottom. Curved black painted flat metal rod. Red aluminium mushroom lampshade, painted white inside. White painted Bakelite E27 socket.
Lampshade: ∅ 27 cm / 10.62”
Height: 38,5 cm / 15.15”
Base: ∅ 23 cm / 9.05”
Electricity: 1 bulb E27, 1 x 60 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.
Designer: To be appraised.
Manufacturer: Nuova Veneta Lumi, Italy.
Other versions: This Nuova Veneta Lumi desk lamp exists in several colours. Also made in chrome and gold colour. Later versions have a round switch in the base. This one is model Z2-90, later versions are model AMZ-885.
Nuova Veneta Lumi
The name Veneta Lumi says it all: lights made in the Veneto region in the north of Italy. The capital and the largest city is Venice.
Not much is found about the Veneta Lumi company. It was active from the late seventies until the nineties. They produced many lamps in the at the eighties very popular Memphis style, made famous by Ettore Sottsass. In the beginning the name was Nuova Veneta Lumi. Nuova = new. It became Veneta Lumi in the eighties. They also used the name Laguna Light in the nineties, also referring to Venice.
Veneta Lumi also sold lighting produced by other companies such as Massive from Belgium and Fisher Leuchten from Germany.
All the electric parts are made by VLM Components. The company was founded in 1945 in Buccinasco, a small village near Milan, Italy. The company became famous for the switches they produce since 1968, designed by Achille Castiglioni. You can find them over here. VLM is part of the Relco Group, founded in 1967. Today they are the owners of the brands Relco, Leuci, Relco Lighting, VLM and Segno.
Many thanks to Lluís from Eclectique Vintage for the photos and the enthusiasm.