Rimini Blue Table Lamp
Materials: Turquoise, ultramarine, azur blue round crackled ceramics (porcelain) base. In short: Rimini blue. Some brass and metal parts. Tubular fabric lampshade. Bakelite E14 socket.
Total height: 36 cm / 14.17”
Height: 21 cm / 8.26”
Lampshade: ∅ 22 cm / 8.66”
Base: ∅ 16 cm / 6.29”
Electricity: 1 bulb E14, 1 x 60 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 appraised. No label or whatsoever present.
Other versions: This Rimini blue table lamp was in all probability made in several colours and some varieties.
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All the electric parts (wiring, plug and switch) of this table lamp were made by VLM Components in the 60’s, 70’s.
VLM Components was founded in 1945 in Buccinasco, a small village near Milan, Italy. VLM Components 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. The switch on this table lamp is model 450; the small model of the famous switch designed by Achille Castiglioni in 1968.
Craquelure or crackle gives ceramics an “antique” look. The effect is achieved by a chemical reaction that results in regular-looking crackle. The Chinese and Korean were the first to use this technique long time ago.
The term Rimimi blue is used for ceramics made by Bitossi in Italy and ceramics that were/are made in the same style. The Bitossi company is famous for the ceramics they produce since the 1950s designed by Aldo Londi (1911-2003). In the US the ceramics of Bitossi were sold by Raymor.
Companies that produced crackled ceramics in the 1960s and 1970s were among others: Jasba Germany, Glatzle Germany, Jema Holland The Netherlands, Arabia Finland, Pol Chambost France and many others.
Jema Holland Money-Box Couple
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Rimini blue ceramics designed by Aldo Londi, made by Bitossi and still in production