S.A. Boulanger Brass Flush Mount
Materials: 6 brass tubes. Brass ceiling mount. Galvanised iron ceiling plate, some brass and iron parts. Bakelite sockets.
Height: 16,5 cm / 6.49”
Width: ∅ 25 cm / 9.84”
Electricity: 6 bulbs E14, 6 x 40 watt maximum, 110/220 volt.
Any type of light bulb can be used, not a specific one preferred.
For this setup the original intended light bulbs made by Paulmann were used.
Period: 1970s – Mid-Century Modern.
Designer: Gaetano Sciolari (1927-1994).
Manufacturer: Société Anonyme Boulanger, Liège, Belgium.
Other versions: This S.A. Boulanger brass flush mount exists as a big floor lamp with 3 globe lamps. A flush mount with 3 and 9 lamps and made in chrome with long and short tubes also exists. In the late 1970’s, early 1980’s they were also made in white. They can be used as a wall lamp or even as a table lamp.
This lamp is model 2164.
Angelo Gaetano Sciolari
Angelo Sciolari graduated with a degree in architecture but wanted to be a filmmaker. This course came to an abrupt end when in 1949 his father suddenly died and he took over the Sciolari Lighting company at the age of 22.
His first designs in the 1950’s were pendant lamps inspired by the Sputnik satellite; it was of course the space age.
In the 1960’s he created refined, futuristic and sharp classical style chandeliers. Lines were clean and sculptural and materials such as crystal and ice glass sparkled with a voluptuously luxurious coolness and he started combining brass with chrome.
He led the family business with a passionate vision. Within years, he expanded the business and started working with other light companies worldwide.
Gaetano Sciolari created lighting for Stilnovo and Stilkronen (Italy), Lightolier and Progress Lighting (USA), S.A. Boulanger (Belgium), Helestra and Leola (West Germany), Lyfa (Denmark) and some other companies and of course for his own Italian family business; the Sciolari company in Rome and Milan; where all the lighting business at that time was present.
Sciolari was the founder and the first president of the trade association of Italian manufacturers of lighting fixtures, the AIDI. The Associazione Italiana di Illuminazione was founded in 1958 and still exists today.
Unfortunately, not much is known about the company. S.A. Boulanger is famous for the large amount of lamps the company produced that are designed by Gaetano Sciolari. S.A. Boulanger ended business somewhere in the early 1980s. There is nothing to be found in the Belgian Official Journal about the company/factory. The journal goes back to 1983. The company is not to be confused by the other Boulanger company from Belgium: Les Ateliers Boulanger NV from Brussels. More info about the company over here.
All the electric parts were made by VLM Components. The company was founded in 1945 in Buccinasco, a small village near Milan, Italy. The company became famous for the switches they produce since 1968, designed by Achille Castiglioni.
VLM is part of the Relco Group, founded in 1967. Today they are the owners of the brands Relco, Leuci, Relco Lighting, VLM and Segno.