Orange Acrylic Radial Table Lamp
Materials: Round aluminium base with green felt on the bottom. Round lampshade made of 10 curved luminous orange acrylic slats. Bakelite E14 socket.
Height: 24 cm / 9.44”
Width: ∅ 19 cm / 7.48”
Base: ∅ 13 cm / 5.11”
Electricity: 1 bulb E14, 1 x 40 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: Erich Klemm.
Manufacturer: LBR Leuchtenbau, Radebeul, Germany – attributed.
Other versions: This orange acrylic radial table lamp exists in a few colours and variations. Also made as a wall lamp and pendant lamp.
This lamp was bought in Italy, it also has Italian electric parts. East German lamps never do. To be continued…
Unfortunately, not much can be found about him. Except for the fact that he designed a lamp for the LBL Leuchtenbau (Leipzig) company in 1961.
VEB: Volks Eigener Betrieb – Publicly-owned business. VEB was the main legal form of industrial enterprise in the communist East Germany.
LBR Leuchtenbau, LBR Beleuchtung or VEB Leuchtenbau LBR, was located in Radebeul. For the moment no further info can be found about te company. Do you have an idea? Please let us know through the contact form and help improve the websites exactitude.
These type of lamps is typical for the Italian lighting design of the period 1965 to 1975. Several designers made lamps with this type of clear luminous acrylic. The most well known designers are Ugo La Pietra, Fulvia Ferrari, Gianfranco Fini, Ennio Lucini, Ingrid Hsalmarson, Studio Rossi-Molinari, Riccardo Meli, Vittorio Gregotti, George Sowden, Superstudio, Fabrizio Cocchia, Cesare Casati, Gino Marotta, Gae Aulenti and of course Ettora Sottsass.
This orange acrylic radial table lamp is similar with the design of the King Sun table lamp Gae Aulenti created for Kartell in 1967. Also the Cactus table lamp by Giovanni and Gianpiero Bassi, designed in 1969 for Studio Luce is made in a similar radial way.
Companies that made these lamps are, among others: Kartell, Design Centre, New Lamp, Design House (Harvey Guzzini), Zama Elletronica, Poggi, Solka B, Totem, Valenti, Bilumen, Pubblimec, Lamperti, Studio Luce and Poltronova.
The wiring, plug, switch and socket are Italian and they are made by VLM Components from Buccinasco near Milan in the late sixties, early seventies. 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 Components and Segno.
Often named by its commercial name: Perspex, Plexiglas, Crylux, Acrylite, Lucite, is a thermoplastic.
Lamps in the movies
A Gae Aulenti King Sun table lamp was used as a prop in the 1969 French comedy film Hibernatus. Starring Louis de Funès, Michael Lonsdale and Claude Gensac.