Sputnik Ceiling Lamp
Materials: Brass, Chromed metal. Iron ceiling plate, Bakelite sockets.
Height: 20 cm / 7.87”
Width: ∅ 30 cm / 11.81”
Electricity: 5 bulbs E14, 5 x 40 watt maximum, 110/220 volt.
Any type of light bulb can be used, but preferably a silver or gold cupped light bulb.
Period: 1960s – 1970s – Mid-Century Modern.
Designer: To be appraised. Often attributed to Gaetano Sciolari.
Manufacturer: Société Anonyme Boulanger, Liège, Belgium.
Other versions: Also exists in a version with 10 lamps, completely made in chromed metal or in brass. Also made as a chandelier, but they are all round. Can be used as a wall lamp or even as a table lamp. Table lamps and floor lamps were also produced.
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.
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.
Links (external links open in a new window)
Sciolari Illuminazione – Sciolari website
Other Sciolari lamps on Vintageinfo
Associazione Italiana di Illuminazione website (AIDI)
Sputnik lamps on Vintageinfo
S.A. Boulanger chrome sputnik chandelier on Vintageinfo
Presidential desk lamp made by Les Ateliers Boulanger NV on Vintageinfo
Lamps made by S.A. Boulanger on Vintageinfo