Veneta Lumi Desk Lamp
Materials: Light blue painted metal base. Iron goose-neck, some plastic parts. Light blue aluminium lamp shade, white painted inside.
Lampshade: ∅ 10,2 cm / 4.01”
Height: 35 cm / 13.77” – adjustable
Base: ∅ 12 cm / 4.72”
Electricity: 1 bulb E27, 1 x 60 watt maximum, 110/220 volt.
Any type of light bulb with an E27 screw base can be used. Not a specific one preferred.
Period: 1980s – Mid-Century Modern.
Designer: To be appraised.
Manufacturer: Veneta Lumi, Italy.
This lamp was also sold by Fischer Leuchten from Germany, but it has the switch on the base, not on the cord, you can find it over here. Also IKEA and Massive sold this lamp.
The name Veneta Lumi says it all: lights made in the Veneto region in the north of Italy. The capital and the largest city is Venice.
Not much is found about the Veneta Lumi company. It was active from the late 1970s until the 1990s. They produced many lamps in the at that time very popular Memphis style, made famous by Ettore Sottsass. They used the name Veneta Lumi, but also Laguna Light in the 90s, also referring to Venice.
The Italian Memphis Group was a design and architecture group founded by Ettore Sottsass (1917-2007) in 1981 in Milan which designed Postmodern furniture, lights, fabrics, ceramics, glass and metal objects from 1981 to 1987.
The name was taken after the Bob Dylan song “Stuck Inside of Mobile with the Memphis Blues Again“. The song was played constantly during the first meeting of the designers on the 11th December 1980.
The group’s members included Andrea Branzi, Aldo Cibic, Alessandro Mendini, Arata Isozaki, BarbaraRadice, Beppe Caturegli, Ettore Sottsass, George Sowden, Gerard Taylor, Giovanni Levanti, Hans Hollein, Javier Mariscal, Laura Agnoletto, Lawrence Laske, Luciano Paccagnella, Marco Susani, Marco Zanini, Marco Zanuso, Maria Sanshez, Martine Bedin, Marzio Rusconi, Massimo Iosa Ghini, Masanori Umeda, Matteo Thun, Michael Graves, Michele de Lucchi, Nathalie du Pasquier, Peter Shire, Shiro Kuramata and Thomas Bley. Ettore Sottsass left the movement in 1985, the Memphis Group disbanded in 1991.
All the electric parts are made 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. VLM is part of the Relco Group, founded in 1967. Today they are the owners of the brands Relco, Leuci, Relco Lighting, VLM and Segno.