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LIGHT IS THE BASE
OF ANYTHING

The basis of life, of work, of energy. And everything.

In my work on light, I never thought of light as an object of serial use, but as an expression in my artistic works: it is an expression of my work, made possible by the use of many reflective materials to structure new surfaces with light.

NANDA VIGO

FOUNDED IN MONZA IN 1943

AND CLOSED AFTER THE DEATH OF ANGELO LELII, A BRILLIANT ENTREPRENEUR AND DESIGNER, ARREDOLUCE IS A PIECE OF ITALIAN DESIGN HISTORY.

AMONG THE COLLABORATORS STAND THE NAMES OF GIO PONTI, ETTORE SOTTSASS, NANDA VIGO, ACHILLE AND PIER GIACOMO CASTIGLIONI AND VICO MAGISTRETTI, IN ADDITION TO ANGELO LELII,

MAN OF GREAT INTUITIONS AND AUTHOR OF SOME PROJECTS THAT HAVE BECOME ICONIC OF THE BRAND AS WELL AS OF ITALIAN DESIGN.

TODAY, AFTER FORTY YEARS, ARREDOLUCE IS BORN AGAIN INSIDE GRUPPO PENTA.

1947

TRIENNALE

Angelo Lelii

Icon of Arredoluce, symbol of an era and source of inspiration for many objects to follow over time, Triennale is perhaps the best known project by Angelo Lellii. Presented at the VII Milan Triennale in 1947, it is a floor lamp with a linear structure and three adjustable arms, each ending with a diffuser coloured in red, yellow and blue.

triennale lamp, 1951
© historical archive triennale of milan
mod 12128 triennale, approx. 1951
© galleria fragile milan

Presented during the VIII Milan Triennale in 1947, it represented the archetype of Italian lamps for a few decades, proposed in various versions and presented again during the IX Triennale in 1951 with a round base, selected by Achille Castiglioni.

triennale detail, approx. 1951
© galleria fragile milan
triennale detail, approx. 1951
© galleria fragile milan

1950

STELLINA

Angelo Lelii

Icon of Arredoluce, this lamp became history when it was included in the supply that the brand sent to the Kennedy family, and was designed by Angelo Lelii in the early Fifties. It is a table lamp with an enameled shade that can be moved up and down to adjust the intensity of the light, which also filters through the star-shaped decorations.

mod 12291 stellina, approx. 1950
© arredoluce historical collection
stellina lamp
© Penta Group 2019

Remembered by some as "Kennedy", because two copies of this lamp were donated to the sons of the American president.

mod 12291 stellina, approx. 1950
© arredoluce historical collection

1961

PAVONE

Gio Ponti

Between 1957 and 1970 the association between Angelo Lelii and Gio Ponti, probably the most famous Italian architect and designer, is at its highest. Witness to this relationship is Pavone, a spectacular suspension lamp where two concentric circles of illuminating spheres are supported by a complex brass ogive structure.

Pavone lamp, approx. 1961
© philips
Pavone lamp
© Galleria Fragile Milano

The past doesn't exist, everything is simultaneous; there is only the present in our culture, where create the rapresentation of the past and predict the future.
- Gio Ponti, Amate l’architettura

Pavone lamp
© Galleria Fragile Milano
Pavone lamp
© Galleria Fragile Milano

1962

COBRA

Angelo Lelii

A lamp and a sculpture with a vertical layout, Cobra was one of the first lamps to use an adjustable magnetized globe. Designed by Angelo Lelii, it is a classic both for its elegant shape, reminding a piece of art by Brancusi, and for the technical skills required in the manufacturing process.

mod 12219 cobra, approx. 1962
© arredoluce historical collection
cobra lamp, approx. 1962
© arredoluce historical collection

The first 24 items were made using a solid brass bar that was dug out at the lathe and finishing touches were made by hand.

cobra lamp, approx. 1962
© arredoluce historical collection

1963

ARGO

Angelo Lelii

Suspension lamp of botanical inspiration, Soffione has been designed by Angelo Lelii in 1963. The central illuminating sphere is retained by a brass structure which gives the lamp a compact and vaguely futuristic look.

argo lamp patent, 1963
historical collection arredoluce
argo lamp, approx. 1963
© philips

1968

GOLDEN GATE

Nanda Vigo

Archetype of pop design, Golden Gate by Nanda Vigo is a floor lamp with a great formal elegance, where the illuminating arch is grafted onto a steel rod almost two meters high. As a witness of originality for its times, the original name: Futurama.

drawing of futurama, 1970
© arredoluce historical archive
golden gate
© nanda vigo archive

Philosophical concept – chronotopy or postulate Five-dimensional introduction to the non-dimension
- Nanda Vigo, Manifesto Cronotopico, 1964

golden gate
© nanda vigo archive
golden gate postcard
© nanda vigo archive
golden gate postcard
© nanda vigo archive