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Plexiglas Rod Floor Lamp

Materials: Round black painted aluminium base with grey felt on the bottom. Thick round solid clear acrylic rod lampshade. 2 silver painted Bakelite E14 sockets.

Height: 103 cm / 40.55”

Rod: ∅ 4 cm / 1.57”

Base: ∅ 25 cm / 9.84”

Electricity: 2 bulbs E14, 2 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: To be appraised.

Manufacturer: To be determined.

Other versions: For the moment it is unknown if this Plexiglas rod floor lamp exists in other versions. It is probably not. This floor lamp can be used with coloured light bulbs to create a more posh effect.


These type of lamps is typical for the Italian lighting design of the period 1960 to 1975. Several designers made lamps with this type of clear, often luminous acrylic. The most well known designers are Angelo Mangiarotti, 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.

Angelo Mangiarotti designed pendant lamps with these rods in 1962.

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.

Probably this lamp was made by one of those companies. It was acquired in Milan, Italy. Do you have an idea about the maker of this floor lamp? Please let us know through the contact form and help improve the websites exactitude.

VLM Components

The 2 E14 sockets and switch 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 RelcoLeuciRelco LightingVLM Components and Segno.

The plug was made by MAPL an Italian company that is long gone.


Often named by its commercial name: Perspex, Plexiglas, Crylux, Acrylite, Lucite, is a thermoplastic.