Atomic Age Ceiling Lamp, 1960s
This Atomic Age ceiling lamp was made in Belgium, in the 1960s. The lamp has 5 spherical lamp shades and is made of chromed metal. The overall look is strongly influenced by Atomic or Space Age aesthetics. It is well preserved and in full working order with the original electrical wiring.
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|Country of Origin|
5 lightbulbs, Edison Screw (E27 or ES)
Approx. 3,5 kg
|Dimensions (H x W x D)||
75 x 57 x 57 cm
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Atomic Age in design refers to the period roughly corresponding to 1940–1960 and extending in the 1970s, when concerns about nuclear war dominated Western society during the Cold War. The discovery and development of the Electron microscope had also a huge impact. Architecture, industrial design, commercial design (including advertising), interior design, and fine arts were all influenced by the themes of atomic science, as well as the Space Age, which coincided with that period. Atomic Age design became popular and instantly recognizable, with a use of atomic motifs and space age symbols. Retrofuturism is a current resurgence of interest in Atomic Age design.
Free-form organic shapes also appear as a recurring theme in Atomic Age design, reflecting x-ray technology that was becoming more widespread and familiar in pop culture. These botanic designs influenced later the patterns that included repeating organic shapes similar to cells and organisms viewed through a microscope.
“Vital forms”, or abstract organic forms, were identified as a core motif. Atomic power was a paradox during the era. It held great promise of technological solutions for the problems facing an increasingly complex world; at the same time, people were fearful of a nuclear armageddon, after the use of the atomic bomb at the end of World War II. People were ever-aware of the potential good, and lurking menace, in technology. Science became more visible in the mainstream culture through Atomic Age design.
Atomic particles themselves were reproduced in visual design, in areas ranging from architecture to barkcloth patterns. The geometric atomic patterns that were produced in textiles, industrial materials, melamine counter tops, dishware and wallpaper, and many other items, are emblematic of Atomic Age design. The Space Age interests of the public also began showing up in Atomic Age designs, with star and galaxy motifs appearing with the atomic graphics.