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Rotaflex R1 Tripod Table Lamp

Materials: Brass, black painted iron, Rotaflex (some early plastic), Bakelite socket.

Total Height: 31 cm / 12.20”

Width:  18,5 cm / 7.28”

Tripod Base: 15 x 15 cm / 5.90 x 5.90”

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: 1950s – Mid-Century Modern.

Designer: A.R.P. – Atelier de Recherche Plastique.

Manufacturer: Rotaflex, Paris, France.

Other versions: Made in several colours and also complete white. The original name for this tripod table lamp is R1. Probably Rotaflex 1.

The Rotaflex plastic type was invented by Rotaflex together with the French company A.R.P. – L’ Atelier de Recherche Plastique (Plastic Research Workshop).

Atelier de Recherche Plastique

The Atelier de Recherche Plastique was founded in 1954 by Pierre Guariche (1926 – 1995), Joseph-André Motte (1925 – 2013) and Michel Mortier (1925 – 2015). The three young designers wanted to shake the codes of classicism by drawing new forms to create more accessible furniture and lights. All three met while working in the agency of designer Marcel Gascoin. 

In 1954, they take part in the Salon des Arts Ménagers (Household Arts Fair) and they receive numerous prizes. Their furniture and lamps were produced by companies such as Airborne, Disderot (Atelier Pierre Disderot), Meubles TV, Huchers-Minvielle, Luminalite, Steiner and Rotaflex.

The ARPAtelier de Recherche Plastique did not last long. 3 years later in 1957, the company will end. 


Rotaflex was founded in 1953 and led by Bernard Stern who brought the company in a few years to one of Britain’s leading lighting makers. The company won many awards with there designs. It’s being said that John & Sylvia Reid were two of the most well known designers that worked for Rotaflex. The company no longer exists.

Disderot produced this lamp in France, as you can see below. Photo taken from the L’Art Menager book from 1963 (page 344). A book published by Flammarion Paris, France. But it is slightly different. The Disderot lamp has plastic caps on the legs. These one are made in brass and much more elegant. Also, the Disderot lamp has a B22 socket (in France). In all probability it is a first edition and produced by Rotaflex.

Tripod Table Lamp 'RI' Rotaflex Disderot

Many thanks to Samuel for the beautiful pictures and the enthusiasm.