Vanilla Eyeball Desk Lamp
Materials: Vanilla painted iron. Chromed metal rod. Vanilla painted iron lampshade. Black painted iron. Some black plastic parts. Bakelite socket.
Height: 40,5 cm / 15.94”
Eyeball: ∅ 11 cm / 4.33”
Base: ∅ 16,5 cm / 6.49”
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. For this setup a spotlight was used.
Period: 1970s, 1980s – Mid-Century Modern.
Designer: To be appraised.
Manufacturer: Prova, Italy. Neweba, Switzerland. Massive, Belgium.
Other versions: Made in several colours and models, but all made with the same flat base. Made for many years, this one is from the 1980s.
A few companies used the same base for these lamps. Or were they all made by the same firm and sold by several brands? You can find some examples of a Prova lamp and a Neweba lamp below.
In the UK Prova lamps were also sold by BHS (British Home Stores). There is no label present on this one. Below is the label from the company, it was glued on another, similar lamp. In parts of Europe these lamps were sold by Massive from Belgium and a few other companies.
No information to be found about the Prova company. It must be long gone and forgotten. Prova is also a small town in the north of Italy, some 120 km / 75 miles from Venice. Prova is the Italian word for proof or test.
The Neweba brand still exists and was founded in 1945.
The electric parts were made by the Italian VLM Components company in the 1980s.
The flat base is reminiscent of the Coupe and Spider table lamp Joe Colombo designed for Oluce in 1964.