1950s celestial floor lamp. Designer / manufacturer unknown.
Massimo Vignelli (Italy, 1931-2014)
Venini, Murano, Italy in 1957-60
A very rare soft tone yellow ‘Fungo’ Mushroom Lamp designed by Massimo Vignelli.
This is the middle size of the three sizes manufactured (25cm high)
H.Fillekes (c.20th Netherlands)
Magneto Lamp 1954-58 Lacquered steel.
This rare ‘Magneto’ floor lamp was only produced for a short period in limited numbers. Its name refers to the magnetic ball that attaches the counter-balanced stem to the tripod base. The result is a very elegant functional and sculptural piece in the spirit of the postwar period.
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Aldo van den Nieuwelaar (Netherlands, 1944-2010)
TC2 Floor lamp designed in 1969. White enamelled metal.
This early production lamp was produced by Artimeta Soest, Netherlands in 1972.
Inspired by the Dutch Modernist’s use of minimalist and geometric forms Aldo v.d.Nieuwelaar designed a range of products from furniture to carpet, sculptures and building schemes. From 1968 he designed a series of innovative fluorescent lighting manufactured in white and chromed steel tubes.
This floor lamp was from the TC series that were designed in 1969, originally produced in very small numbers. In 1972 Artimeta took these lamps into production – They produced limited numbers of the design until 1974 when production stopped.
The design includes the transformer in the base that acts as a counter weight. Amazingly they were also designed to be hung on the wall. They have holes underneath that enables them to clip onto the wall of so desired although they work best as minimalist light sculptures and give off a superb even warm light. The top section can be positioned by twisting the stem whilst the base remains fixed.