Angelo Lelii for Arredoluce Table Lamp in Marble and Brushed Steel
Angelo Lelii for Arredoluce, table lamp model ‘500’, marble, brushed steel, chrome-plated steel, mirrored glass, Italy, circa 1969
This unique table lamp is designed by Italian designer Angelo Lelii for Arredoluce around 1969. The design is mainly carried out through a cylindrical shape executed in brushed steel, which enriches the overall strong character of the lamp. The base is made of white marble that smoothly overlaps with the metallic texture. Lelii started his projects always from something concrete, a light bulb or a magnet for example, or from “glass” that he interpreted inventively to apply to the bodies of his lamps. It is one of the first lamps employing an adjustable magnetized globe made of chrome-plated steel and allows the user to adjust the direction of the light. The top is equipped with a diffuser in mirrored glass through which the light shines elegantly. This specific table lamp makes evident all his genius and can serve as a standout in any modern room.
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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