Rotaflex UFO Pendant Lamp
Materials: White and translucent Rotaflex (some early plastic). The upper half is white. Aluminium, some plastic parts. White painted Bakelite socket.
Cord Length: 60 cm / 23.62’’
Height: 13 cm / 5.11”
Width: ∅ 34 cm / 13.38”
Electricity: 1 bulb E27, 1 x 75 watt maximum, 110/220 volt.
Any type of light bulb can be used, not a specific one preferred.
Period: 1950s, 1960s – Mid-Century Modern.
Designer: A.R.P. – Atelier de Recherche Plastique.
Manufacturer: Rotaflex, Paris, France.
Other versions: Made in several colours and models as you can see below.
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 ARP, Atelier 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.