Angelo Lelii for Arredoluce Chandelier in Hammered Brass
Angelo Lelii for Arredoluce, chandelier, model 12369, brass, Italy, circa 1951
Angelo Lelii, the creative mind behind Arredoluce, crafted this chandelier with an organic, flowing shape. He is considered to be an important figure in the history of Italian design and is remembered for his contributions to the field of lighting design. Arredoluce was a pioneering company in the world of Italian lighting design during the 1950s and 1960s. Founded by Angelo Lelii, Arredoluce was based in Monza and known for its skilled craftsmen who could bring the most cutting-edge lighting designs to life, of which this chandelier is a prime example. This design features six gracefully curved leaves that curl toward the ceiling, enveloping the lightbulbs. The hammered and perforated brass material adds a lively texture and greatly enhances the lamp's visual effect. Each leaf culminates in a stem, converging at the center. A distinctive characteristic of this design is the flexibility of the leaves, allowing them to be adjusted and arranged according to one's personal preference.
Paolo Angelo Lelii (1911-1979) was born in Ancona, Italy. After his studies at the Superior Institute of Industrial Art, Milan, he lived and worked in Monza. From 1943, Lelii started manufacturing lamps in his own house and in 1946 he advertised his well-known 'Tris' lamp in Domus magazine. It was in 1947 that he founded Arredoluce in Monza, a premier manufacturer of furniture and lighting. In the same year, he exhibited the lamp 12128 at the VII Triennale di Milano, which became known as the Triennale floor lamp. He became an influential designer in Postwar Italy, especially in the field of modern lighting design. During the 1950s, Arredoluce started to collaborate with designers such as Franco Albini, Achille Castiglioni, Gio Ponti, and Ettore Sottsass and also began to experiment with halogen light bulbs for his designs, which lead to the recognizable Arredoluce switch. Thanks to Angelo Lelii’s unique approach to design, Arredoluce quickly built a reputation for creating premium quality products based on clean, simple, and functional designs.
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