Lava table lamp in chrome metal and glass, circa 1970



What I like

I like this lamp because it combines two archetypal aspects of 1970s creations:

-the use of chrome metal, creating an elegant triangle with curved sides;

-the use of the “lava” technique, which allows golden flakes to move in a liquid, heated for this purpose.

Here, the quality of the manufacturing is attested by the size of the ovoid glass bulb/vial, whose roundness is highlighted by the concave shape given to the three sides, bulb sealed by glass; I especially like the amber color of the liquid, which, with the moving golden straws, gives a very warm appearance to our large lamp.

Sometimes lava lamps only show the glitter or moving air bubbles; our lamp is much more sophisticated by combining it with a very elegant metal base.

I also really like the presence of the original lampshade, despite the slight lack of interior paper.

Technical description

Table lamp in chrome-plated metal, the base formed of a sheet of metal folded in three and stamped having a triangular section with curved sides, accommodating a sealed ovoid glass bulb/vial containing an amber liquid with golden flakes; a specific bulb under the bulb/vial heats the liquid and the flakes which then move. This base is topped with a brushed metal collar supporting the original socket. Original cylindrical lampshade in ecru fibers with two metal bands.

Around 1970.

A second “lava” bulb is provided.

An opening in the bottom of the base once held the lava bulb. Small lack of paper inside the lampshade.

Electrification redone by a professional; the original socket has been retained to support the lampshade.

Dimensions and weight

Base: Height: 45 cm – Width: 21 cm – Depth: 21 cm

Lampshade: Height: 42.5 cm – Diameter: 40 cm

Total dimensions: Height: 86 cm – Diameter: 40 cm

Weight: 6 kg

Mix & Match

This spectacular lamp is both very typical of the 1970s and innovative; at the same time, the quality of its materials and the simplicity of its design allow it to coexist with most furniture, paintings or objects!

Thus, its glitter and the amber liquid will warm up all woods: obviously the walnut of the large walnut and chrome desk of the Banque de France from the 1960s; but also, the mahogany of the “Oeils” sideboard by Joseph-André Motte. Of course, it will add pep to the darker mahogany of our circa 1830 chaise longue, each element benefiting from the elegance of the other!

Of course, the palette of our large lamp will work wonders with the ecru loop of the G10 armchair by Pierre Guariche associated with the “Troika” ottoman by Paul Geoffroy, will combine with the brown and beige of the “Composition metallica” tapestry by ‘Enrique Broglia, or better, because completely contemporary, with the horsehide tapestry “Papillon de nuit-1976 by Pierre Skékely!

The presence of metal in both cases allows it to be combined with the bar table by Lodovico Acerbis, but also with the pair of armchairs in smoked altuglas and chrome metal from Appelbaum-Paris.

The attention given to the elegance of the lines of our lamp is reminiscent of that given by Sonja Wasseur to her pair of Grass Hopper armchairs, so modernist!

Finally, on the walls, either choose the 1960 tapestry by Daniel de Linière, “Night of Spain”, for its beige background, or very abstract works: why not the “Composition 1971” by Lenin by Lima Medeiros, or the “Composition- 1950/51” by Edgard Pillet: the pairing will be more tonic but also very elegant.

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The editor

The manufacturing technique, particularly the ovoid cutting of the metal allowing the glass bulb to be seen, militates in favor of small-scale production.

A beautiful and authentic lamp at a fair price

Our lamp has been carefully selected for its aesthetic qualities, its originality and its fair price. Our choice favors above all the acuity of the design and the quality of manufacturing, guarantees of an enhancement of your new acquisition in your interior and an ability to dialogue with your furniture, to match and mix to create a unique decoration.

Buying vintage lamps is surely a reasonable investment, such is the appetite for the 1970s.

Finally, buying vintage lamps preserves the resources of planet earth.

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Weight 6 kg
Dimensions 40 × 86 cm

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Dominique de Paillerets is passionate about objects and art. He likes to combine Design furniture from the 70s and the 18th century, in the spirit Combining refinement and the spirit of the seventies

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