Valenti Leather Floor Lamp
Materials: Conical base and lampshade. Long curved rod. Made of galvanised iron covered with brown leather. Galvanised metal E27 socket.
Height: 146 cm / 57.48”
Lampshade: ∅ 22 x 9 cm / 11.02 x 3.54”
Base: ∅ 22 cm / 11.02”
Electricity: 1 bulb E27, 1 x 60 watt maximum, 110/220 volt.
Any type of light bulb can be used, not a specific one preferred.
Period: 1970s until now.
Designer: To be appraised.
Manufacturer: Valentí, Barcelona, Spain.
Other versions: This Velanti leather floor lamp exists in several colours. Black, maroon, brown… A complete brass version also exist. More than 65 skins can be chosen, also a jaguar and zebra print and one in a cowhide. A table lamp was also made, it is no longer in production. Lamps can be ordered in any skin you want.
Often said that this floor lamp was designed by famous French designer Jacques Adnet, in the 50s, but it is not of course. He designed several lamps with leather decoration, hence the confusion. Also the table lamp is always wrongly attributed to Jacques Adnet.
The Spanish Valentí company was founded in 1789. It is not to be confused with the company of the same name from Italy, famous for the Hebi lamps designed by Isao Hosoe, today named SP Light and Design.
The Valentí family started at first with silversmith workshop in Barcelona. In 1925 Fernando Valentí Clúa, founder of the current Valentí, was born. They produce furniture, bedrooms, and lighting. They regularly produced other designs of this floor lamp. Today, 2020, a silver plated and a cow leather version is in production. I presume they are still in business, at least the website is online. But they never answer emails, so beware.
Lamps in the movies
A Valenti leather table lamp was used as a prop in the 2006 French comedy film Du Jour au Lendemain (Overnight). Starring Benoît Poelvoorde, Bernard Bloch and Anne Consigny.