Yamada Shomei ‘Manon’ Table Lamp
Materials: Resin (plastic), steel, zinc die-cast, porcelain socket.
Height: 19,6 cm / 7.71”
Width: 17,5 cm / 6.88”
Base: 6,5 cm / 2.55”
Electricity: 1 bulb E14, 1 x 25 watt maximum, 110/220 volt.
Not any type of light bulb can be used. Preferably a small one, clear/bright or white/opaque as used in a refrigerator.
Period: 1960s – Mid-Century Modern.
Designer: To be appraised.
Manufacturer: Yamada Shomei Lighting Co. LTD, Japan. Produced for or made under licence by several companies worldwide, here are a few:
Tronconi – Italy, Vrieland Design – The Netherlands, Happy Light – The Netherlands, Massive – Belgium and probably a few others.
Yamada Shomei Lighting Co.
These lamps were produced for the first time in the 1960s by Yamada Shomei Lighting Co. LTD, a Japanese company that still exists. The production of this lamp never stopped. The price in Japan in 2017 is about 38 euro/dollar.
Yamada Shomei Lighting Co. LTD is a lighting specialist with over 60 years experiences, as described on the company’s website. Yamada is a lighting planner, designer, exporter, importer, manufacturer and wholesaler.
The switch is inside the folding arm, the lamp is lit when the arm is 45 degrees opened.
The success of this lamp is not only the design but it fits every purpose; desk lamp, table lamp, bedside lamp… During the 50 years of production every colour was used, off course. Many colours are still in production and every year some new models are presented. There are many collectors of these lamps worldwide.
The lamps made for the American and Asian market are fitted with an E17 socket, almost similar with an E14 socket.
Sometimes you see this lamp sold as a design by Vico Magistretti, the famous Italian industrial designer. But that’s not true, of course. Vico Magistretti designed lights and furniture for Artemide, Cassina, De Padova, Flou, Fritz Hansen, Kartell and Schiffini.
Beware when you buy an old one, often the lampshade is a bit melted and damaged by using the wrong lamp. Also the plastic can be foxed by the sun.