PHILIPS mirror bulb table lamp designed by LOUIS KALFF, circa 1957

The industrial designer Louis Kalff established the lighting design department at Dutch consumer electronics company Philips in 1929. This stunning lamp was designed by Kalff to promote Philips' new mirror (crown silver) bulbs and produces truly amazing light and shadow effects. Given that this was the 1950s, we are sure that the visual references to flying saucers aren't coincidental.

The perforated shade is aluminium, the tapered stem and base cover are steel and the base plate is cast iron. It is finished in a matt olive green paint. The shades on these lamps are soft and particularly susceptible to denting and the paint layer is very thin, so examples in good condition are hard to find.

This example was in poor original condition with dents, paint loss, rust and other oxidation. It was therefore decided to undertake a full restoration including stripping all components back to the bare metal, rolling out dents and refinishing with a custom matched ultra-matt light olive paint. It retains its original push-switch and bakelite bulb holder and has been rewired (and earthed) using silk braided flex.

Please note that this lamp has been sold, but other examples are available and can be prepared to order.

Shade diameter 400mm; base diameter 170mm; height 540mm. Weight 2.1kg

From £350
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