Travertine Table Lamp
Materials: Travertine (limestone) base made of several rectangular parts. Adjustable brass rod. Brass ornamental screw on top. Rectangular conical fabric lampshade. 2 brass E27 sockets.
Total height: 73 cm / 28.74” – adjustable in height.
Width: 50 cm /19.68”
Base: 10,5 x 23,5 cm / 4.13 x 9.25”
Electricity: 2 bulbs E27, 2 x 75 watt maximum, 110/220 volt.
Any type of light bulb can be used, not a specific one preferred.
Period: 1970s, 1980s – Mid-Century Modern.
Designer: Camille Breesch.
Manufacturer: Camille Breesch, Belgium.
Other versions: This travertine table lamp exists in some variations and was also made in Carrara marble.
Camille Breesch was an artist and artisan with a small company in the Limburg province in Belgium. All his lamps are made in natural stone, mostly combined with brass. Often travertine, some limestone, but also Carrara marble, both from Italy. The company was active in the 60’s and 70’s. Most of the lamps have a metal label on the front of the base with the name Camille Breesch on it. Often it is a plastic label or a sticker. Sometimes nothing, as you can see with this one.
Travertine is a form of limestone and can be found in several places in Europe.
All the electric parts were made in the late 60s, early 70s by VLM Components. The company was founded in 1945 in Buccinasco, a small village near Milan, Italy. The company became famous for the switches they produce since 1968, designed by Achille Castiglioni. You can find them over here. Today VLM Compenents is part of the Relco Group, founded in 1967. They are the owners of the brands Relco, Leuci, Relco Lighting, VLM and Segno.
A new and marble version of this travertine table lamp appears in the 2015 American reality television series Botched: Post Op. It is probably produced by an American company and it is almost a copy of this one.