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Fontana Arte Furniture

Best known for its elegant and innovative vintage lighting fixtures, the Milan-based firm Fontana Arte pioneered one of the key features of 20th-century and contemporary Italian design: the union of artistry and industry wrought by partnerships between creative talents — chiefly architects — and entrepreneurial businesses. Fontana Arte is further distinguished by having had as artistic director, in succession, four of Italy’s most inventive modernist designers: Gio Ponti, Pietro Chiesa, French transplant Max Ingrand and Gae Aulenti.

The bread and butter of the glassmaking company that Luigi Fontana founded in 1881 was plate-glass panels for the construction industry. In 1930, Fontana met Ponti — then the artistic director of the Richard Ginori ceramics workshop and the editor of the influential magazine Domus — at a biannual design exhibition that became the precursor to today’s Milan Design Triennale, and the two hatched an idea for a furniture and housewares firm. Fontana Arte was incorporated in 1932 with Ponti as its chief of design. He contributed several lamps that remain among the company’s signature works, including the orb-atop-cone Bilia table lamp and the 0024 pendant — a stratified hanging sphere.

The following year, Fontana Arte partnered with the influential Milan studio glassmaker and retailer Pietro Chiesa, who took over as artistic director. Chiesa’s designs for lighting — as well as for tables and items including vases and ashtrays — express an appreciation for fluidity and simplicity of line, as seen in works such as his flute-shaped Luminator floor lamp and the 1932 Fontana table — an arched sheet of glass that is held in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art.

Six years after Chiesa’s 1948 death, the École des Beaux Arts–trained Max Ingrand took over as head of design at Fontana Arte. Ingrand brought a similarly expressive formal sensibility to wares such as lamps and mirrors, but he also had a masterful eye for the manipulation of glass surfaces — whether they be cut, frosted, acid-etched or sand-blasted. His classic design is the Fontana table lamp of 1954, which has a truncated cone shade and curved body, both of which are made of pure, chic white-frosted glass.

Following Ingrand, the often-audacious Italian architect Gae Aulenti served as the company’s artistic director from 1979 to 1996, and while she generally insisted that furnishings take second place aesthetically to architecture, she made an exception for Fontana Arte pieces such as the Tavolo con Ruote series of glass coffee and dining tables on wheels, bold lighting pieces such as the Parola series and the Giova, a combination flower vase and table lamp. As a key incubator of modern design under Aulenti’s tenure, Fontana Arte remained true to its long-held commitment — creating objects that have never been less than daring.

Find vintage Fontana Arte lighting fixtures such as pendants, table lamps and more on 1stDibs.

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Creator: Fontana Arte
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Max Ingrand for Fontana Arte Saucer Table Lamp
By Max Ingrand, Fontana Arte
Located in New York, NY
Brass and glass 'Saucer' table lamp by Max Ingrand for Fontana Arte, with ball joint articulation and frosted glass.
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1950s Italian Space Age Vintage Fontana Arte Furniture

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Brass, Wire

Max Ingrand Ceiling Mounted Wall Lights for Fontana Arte, Italy 1959
By Max Ingrand, Fontana Arte
Located in New York, NY
These rare lights were custom made for an apartment in Valenza, Italy. We believe they are four of only eight made, the other four kept by the family. They mount to the ceiling but t...
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1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Fontana Arte Furniture

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Brass

Fontana Arte Glass and Patinated Brass Wall Mount Coat Hook, Italy 1950s
By Fontana Arte
Located in New York, NY
A wonderful and elegant coat hook by Fontana Arte, Italy. Ideal for a front hall entry or dressing room.
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1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Fontana Arte Furniture

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Brass

Fontana Arte 'Clessidra" Wall Lights by Bobo Piccoli, Italy, 1970s
By Fontana Arte
Located in New York, NY
These lights are made with glass panels that have been sandblasted to create the design and are housed in a shallow white metal frame. Available as a pair or singly.
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1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Fontana Arte Furniture

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Steel

Fontana Arte Bis Table Lamp with Chrome Base and Black Glass, Italy, 1960s
By Fontana Arte
Located in New York, NY
A masterpiece from Fontana Arte, this table lamp is a light and delicate design for a sophisticated home.
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1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Fontana Arte Furniture

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Fontana Arte furniture for sale on 1stDibs.

Fontana Arte furniture are available for sale on 1stDibs. These distinctive items are frequently made of metal and are designed with extraordinary care. There are many options to choose from in our collection of Fontana Arte furniture, although beige editions of this piece are particularly popular. Many of the original furniture by Fontana Arte were created in the mid-century modern style in italy during the 20th century. If you’re looking for additional options, many customers also consider furniture by Stilnovo, Barovier&Toso, and Gaetano Sciolari. Prices for Fontana Arte furniture can differ depending upon size, time period and other attributes — on 1stDibs, these items begin at $2,200 and can go as high as $42,800, while a piece like these, on average, fetch $10,400.

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