Teepee Glass Table Lamp
Materials: Clear and white crystal glass in a conical pyramid/tent form. Chromed iron. Plastic socket.
Height: 30 cm / 11.81”
Width: ∅ 19 cm / 7.48”
Electricity: 1 bulb E14, 1 x 40 watt maximum, 110/220 volt.
Any type of light bulb can be used, not a specific one preferred.
Period: 1990s, 2019 +
Designer: To be appraised.
Manufacturer: SCE, La Société centrale d’Eclairage (The Central Lighting Company), Avenue de Toulouse 21, 09210 Lézat sur Lèze, France.
Other versions: Made in several colours and 3 sizes: 23, 19 and 15 cm / 14.96, 7.48 and 5.90”.
The Teepee table lamp, which means: tent or wigwam, is also sold by other companies. For instance, in The Netherlands it is sold by Ilu Design. Their glass lamps are named Ilu di Vetro. These lamps are still in production today (2019).
This lamp is often sold as a vintage lamp, but it is not of course. It is in production since the early 90s until today.
La Société centrale d’Eclairage was founded in 1953. SCE is situated at the base of the Pyrenees in Lézat sur Lèze near Toulouse. According to their website SCE combines the latest production processes with expert artisan craftsmanship.
Since 2012 the company is part of the Aurora Lighting Group, also French company. Aurora is specialized in conception, manufacturing and marketing of lighting equipment in various fields.
Today, January 2019, SCE is for sale. The company has been placed in liquidation by the Commercial Court of Foix. The decision was accompanied by a continuation of activity until December 12, 2018.
“We want to take advantage of this time to find a buyer who would be interested in our position, by maintaining part of the production and maintaining the 65 jobs of the plant,” says Bruno Josse, CEO of SCE,which was put in receivership at the end of July 2018.
The Dutch company Ilu design is active since 2002. Text from their website: “The designs of our decorative lighting are as timeless as the materials we use. With centuries-old glass blowing techniques we create, combined with exceptional craftsmanship and high-quality materials, products with distinguished quality and character.” (sic)
A similar table lamp was produced by the German company Peill + Putzler in the 1980s. It was named Kibo. You can find it over here.
Many thanks to Ger for the beautiful pictures and the enthusiasm.