Scoubidou Bedside Table Lamp
Materials: Plastified iron wire, rubber caps. Black Scoubidou wire and an early plastic ribbon. Bakelite socket.
Height: 28 cm / 11.02”
Lampshade: ∅ 20 cm / 7.87”
Base: ∅ 13 cm / 5.11”
Electricity: 1 bulb E27, 1 x 40 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: To be appraised.
Manufacturer: To be appraised.
Other versions: Probably made in several colours and sizes.
The 6 legs of this lamp are made of thick plastified iron wire, also used for the Diamond chair designed by Harry Bertoia in 1952.
Scoubidou is a knotting craft with plastic wire, originally aimed at children. It originated in France, where it became immense popular in the late 1950s. It is named after the Sacha Distel (1933 – 2004) song of the same name from 1958.
The Scoubidou plastic became immense popular. It was used for all kind of decorations, lamps and furniture. You can find some fine examples over here.
For this lamp black Scoubidou is used as decoration on the legs. The plastic ribbon used for the lampshade is made of the type of plastic that was used as fly curtain in the 1950s.
All the electric parts were made in the 1950s/1960s by VLM Components. VLM Components was founded in 1945 in Buccinasco, a small village near Milan, Italy. VLM Components is part of the Relco Group, founded in 1967. Today they are the owners of the brands Relco, Leuci, Relco Lighting, VLM Components and Segno. VLM Components became famous for the switches they produce which were designed by Achille Castiglioni in 1968.