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Yellow Stilnovo Desk Lamp – Alfred Müller, AMBA Catalogue Picture

Yellow Stilnovo Desk Lamp - Alfred Müller, AMBA Catalogue Picture - Bag Turgi, Belmag

Yellow Stilnovo Desk Lamp

Materials: Round grey metal base. Cast iron counterweight inside. Adjustable thick brass rod, joints and parts. Yellow painted round conical aluminium lampshade with perforated round holes. Bakelite E27 socket.

Lampshade: ∅ 23 cm / 9.05”

Height: 50 cm / 19.68” – adjustable

Base: ∅ 16 cm / 6.29”

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: 1950s, 1960s – Mid-Century Modern.

Designer: Alfred Müller.

Manufacturer: Stilnovo, Milan, Italy.

Other versions: This yellow Stilnovo desk lamp exists in several colours. Also a version with a marble base exists. This lamp exists in a few varieties. It depends on the producer.

The first version from the 1930s was made by the company of Alfred Müller, AMBA (Alfred Müller Basel, Switserland). It was named Adria, (model 6432). AMBA is famous for the Quick 1500 desk lamp. It was made and sold by BAG Turgi and Belmag from Switserland, some years after the dead of Alfred Müller in 1946. His wife Leonie sold the rights to these companies.


Founded in Milan in 1946 by Bruno Gatta, Stilnovo was one of the most important lighting company’s of Italy in the post World War II industry.
Stilnovo worked with a large number of leading designers, including Gaetano SciolariJoe ColomboGae AulentiAlberto FraserEttore SottsassDanilo & Corrado AroldiCini BoeriJonathan De PasDonato D’UrbinoPaolo LomazziAntonio Macchi CassiaRoberto Beretta and so on. The company ended business in 1988.

All Stilnovo lamps are marked with the Stilnovo name; many early pieces also include the original sticker “Stilnovo Milan”.

The new Stilnovo

The company is long gone but in 2017 “The Stilnovo Scientific Committee” was formed. The members are: Decio G.R. CarugatiRoberto FioratoFrancesco MoraceDanilo PremoliFranco Pagliarini and Andrea Cucci. The company is named: Stilnovo Italia Srl.

Text from the new Stilnovo website:

“In order to pick up the traces of Stilnovo and bring them into the future a Scientific Committee was formed. The team has already produced a Manifest with its definition of guidelines and necessary criteria for future creations. With indications for ideas about the identity of a brand name which does not ignore its historical past: on the contrary, it is exalted.

The recreation of important iconic pieces and the use of new stimuli of Italian and international design in order to create completely new pieces represent just some of the plans for Stilnovo, which in themselves will bring new stimuli and lively collaboration among craftsmen and planners in order to guarantee as always 100% Made in Italy products.”