Gaetano Sciolari Chrome Tubes Ceiling Lamp
Materials: Chromed metal (iron and brass), Bakelite sockets.
Height: 23 cm / 9.05”
Width: ∅ 53 cm / 20.86”
Electricity: 6 bulbs E14, 6 x 60 watt maximum, 110/220 volt.
Any type of light bulb can be used, but preferably a frosted tubular lamp as you can see in this setup. The originals are hard to find these days. Radium and Paulmann were two of those companies who made these light bulbs.
Period: 1960s, 1970s – Mid-Century Modern.
Designer: Gaetano Sciolari (1927-1994).
Other versions: Made for 6 and 12 bulbs, also made in brass. Can be used as table lamp, wall lamp or ceiling lamp.
Manufacturer: Sciolari Illuminazione, Rome and Milan, Italy.
These ceiling lamps were also produced by S.A. Boulanger, Leola, Lightolier and some other companies. The tubes from Sciolari are a half cm thicker (3,5 cm – 1.37”) than those of the other companies (3 cm – 1.18”).
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 created lights 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 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.