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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.


The electric parts of this wall lamp were made in the late 1950s, early 1960s by the VLM Components company from Buccinasco, near Milan in Italy. Today VLM Components is owned By Relco. It is one of the biggest suppliers of switches, cords and plugs in Europe. VLM Components became famous because of the switches they produce that were designed by Achille Castiglione in 1968.