Toucan Table Lamp
Materials: Plastic, Bakelite socket.
Total height: 23 cm / 9.05”
Width lampshade: 18 cm / 7.08”
Width base: 12 cm / 4.72”
Electricity: 1 bulb E14, 1 x 25 watt maximum, 110/220 volt.
Any type of light bulb can be used, but a small one is preferred.
Period: 1960s, 1970s – Mid-Century Modern.
Designer: To be appraised; OTF (Old Timer Ferrari), Verona, Italy.
Manufacturer: Old Timer Ferrari, Verona, Italy.
Other versions: Made in different colours and 3 sizes. This one is the normal size, there is a bigger one (32 cm – 12.6”) and a small one (12 cm – 4.7”) on batteries. They can be used as desk lamp, table lamp or bedside lamp.
Editions exist without markings. In all probability first editions, certainly no copies because everything is exactly the same (dimensions, materials).
Versions exist with a VLM switch from circa 1965 and versions with the Achille Castiglioni VLM switch. The Achille Castiglioni switch went in production in 1968. In all probability these lamps were produced from the late 1960s until the 1970s. The O.T.F. company no longer exists.
Beware: Never use a incandescence light bulb of more than 25 watts! The number of melted toucan lamps is uncountable.
An Old Timer Ferrari Toucan table lamp was used as a prop in the famous Belgian comedy film Koko Flanel (1990). Starring Flemish comedian Urbanus (Urbain Servranckx), Bea Van Der Maat and Ann Petersen. Directed by Stijn Coninx.
A German Krups Solitair hair dryer from the 1970s was also used as a prop.