TO TURN A LAMP INTO AN ICON

All About Italy (USA) - - De­sign - Ilona Catani Scar­lett

In 1987, Michele De Luc­chi launched the best-sell­ing and award-win­ning lamp Tolomeo that he had de­signed the pre­vi­ous year, with the con­tri­bu­tion of Gian­carlo Fassina and Ernesto Gis­mondi from Artemide Re­search Cen­ter.

In­spired by tra­di­tional spring lamps, like the fa­mous Naska Loris, its chal­lenge was to com­bine an iconic and “do­mes­tic” shape with in­no­va­tive tech­nolo­gies and ma­te­ri­als, while be­ing as ver­sa­tile as pos­si­ble. The name was de­cided only the night be­fore it was pre­sented at the Salone del Mo­bile; the de­signer thought that Tolomeo was the most suit­able per­son to rep­re­sent the lamp, be­cause he was an as­tronomer, and a math­e­ma­ti­cian, with a strong sci­en­tific men­tal­ity.

The first ta­ble ver­sion, which won a Com­passo d’oro Award in 1989, to­day is a rec­og­nized sym­bol of moder­nity and in the years it evolved into an in­fi­nite range of vari­ants wide­spread in of­fices, ho­tels, homes, pho­to­graphic set­tings, ar­chi­tects’ desks, and even in movie scenes. In­deed, one of the main rea­sons for its suc­cess is its in­cred­i­ble ver­sa­til­ity; in dif­fer­ent shapes and sizes, for ta­bles, floor, ceil­ing, or walls it is a prod­uct that looks great both in tra­di­tional, clas­si­cal en­vi­ron­ments and in in­no­va­tive, avant-garde ones.

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