Sciolari Cubic Wall Lamps
Materials: Brushed aluminium square beams. Pressed clear crystal glass. Some plastic parts. Bakelite sockets.
Height: 47 cm / 18.50”
Width: 8 cm / 3.14”
Electricity: 1 bulb E14 per lamp, 1 x 40 watt maximum, 110/220 volt.
Any type of light bulb can be used, not a specific one preferred. For this setup silver cupped bulbs were used.
Period: 1970s, 1980s – Mid-Century Modern.
Designer: Gaetano Sciolari (1927-1994).
Manufacturer: Sciolari Illuminazione, Rome and Milan, Italy.
Other versions: Made in many variations. The first Cubic lamp was a chandelier with closed glass: the light bulbs are inside the glass. You can find him over here on Vintageinfo.
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 1950s were Sputnik inspired pendants; off course it was the space age.
In the 1960s 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 and within years, he expanded the business and started working with other light companies worldwide.
Gaetano Sciolari designed lamps for Stilnovo and Stilkronen (Italy), Lightolier and Progress Lighting (USA), S.A. Boulanger (Belgium), Helestra and Leola (Germany), Lyfa (Denmark) and some other companies and off 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.
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Lamps in the movies!
A Sciolari Cubic chandelier was used as a prop in the James Bond film Live and Let Die from 1973. Similar chandeliers were also used in the TV-series Dallas and Space 1999 (aired from 1975 to 1977).
Excerpt from the James Bond film with the Sciolari chandelier