Alvar and I

Musings about vintage design furniture

Spanish Modern – Fase Lamps

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So it would seem that Fase desk lamps are not very well liked in Spain. They are mementos of Franco’s rule when they adorned the desk of civil servants. Well, this will not be the first time that good design and totalitarianism went hand in hand. But we digress here, this is the topic of another (long) post.

We picked a President model (above) in Brussels a good ten years ago, unaware of its origin, but immediately swayed by the bold cantilevered looks, the superb build quality and the very 1950s alliance of rosewood and dark metal. This was well before we found the desk that would go with it…

Fase table lamp  by $(designerName) for sale at Deconet

Lamps with rosewood were probably reserved for the top brass of the administration and executive desks…

futuristic table lamp by Fase

Interest in Fase lamps seems to be picking up, judging by the current availability of models on sale on the vintage scene both in and outside Europe.

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Where is Spanish vintage design? ask BCNDesign. Fase offer a rare example of Spanish modern

Fase Desk Lamp

Fase produced until the 70s. Below what is probably a late model. Very elegant.

Less sure about this one. Looks like an old lady with the tag dangling from the neck. A sous-President model, but still the strong Fase look.

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Written by Alvar and I

March 12, 2011 at 2:34 pm

Posted in Lamps

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  1. Thankfully, those born in Spain after 1975 do not relate Fase lamps to dictatorship, and they are the ones that have brought Fase lamps back to modern interiors. We are lucky that these were reasonably priced besides its quality, thousands were sold and that’s why you could easily find one in thrift shops. Now it’s become more complicated since everyone wants one, or wants to buy them for 20€ and sell them to france or germany for 200€. Those models in your post are some of the most common, but there are lots more and many don’t perform the well-known UFO look. Now those are the most sought after…

    Jordi E

    March 29, 2011 at 12:24 pm

  2. I’m a big vintage lampe fan and have collected over the years many rare lamps especially those made in France such as Jumo, Jielde etc. However the best elegant lamps in my opinion are Fase lamps which are my faviourite and count for 10 amoung my collection. These are by fare superior in looks and quality. Some of the Fase models featured are very very rare, one or two are more easy to find. It’s a shame that the manufacture Fase is not such a well known maker as most people I ask including Spanish have never heard of Fase Lamps of Madrid. Fase’s more later and last models at the end of the 70’s – early 80’s in my option are less desirable and elegant then the super lampes from the 50’s+ era.

    Mike

    May 27, 2011 at 3:15 am

  3. have a picture of some lamp that looks very FASE-ish … can anybiody take a look and let me know if you’ve seen this model somewhere already ? can send pix to yr email address. Pierre, from Belgium

    Pierre Six

    November 16, 2011 at 12:04 am

  4. I have a Fase lamp too, in chrome and black, but the diffuser is missing. Hope to find one somewhere, any suggestions where to look for it??

    kind regards, Ellen, the netherlands

    Ellen van der Meer

    August 7, 2012 at 4:22 pm

  5. sorry,I forgot to say that it’s the same one as shown on the fourth picture!

    Ellen van der Meer

    August 7, 2012 at 4:27 pm


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