Angelo Lelii for Arredoluce ‘Televisione’ Floor Lamp in Brass and Aluminum
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Angelo Lelii for Arredoluce, floor lamp ‘Televisione’, model 12627, polished brass, lacquered aluminum, metal, Italy, circa 1956
This ‘Televisione’ floor lamp model 12627 is designed by Angelo Lelii for Arredoluce. The construction epitomizes a well-balanced appearance based on sharp lines and circular shapes. The lampshade is executed in burnt orange lacquered aluminum and is suspended by elongated metal rods that rest on a ‘T’ shaped base. The cylindrical shaped rod in brass functions as a counterweight, which allows the user to direct the light in any preferred direction. The lamp can be turned on/off with the original foot switch in brass with the manufacturer’s mark impressed underneath. The design of this light is simplistic, yet the combination of the color and clear geometric shapes gives it a strong expression.
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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