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Marco Zanuso Table Lamps

Italian, 1916-2001

Italian designer Marco Zanuso helped cement his country’s place as a world leader in furniture design that used new materials in revolutionary ways.

Zanuso was part of a generation of furniture designers who encouraged a sharp departure from the traditionalism and classicalism that reigned over the design industry before the war. These designers, who are associated with what we now call mid-century modernism, experimented with new technologies and materials to deliver on the world’s newfound need for streamlined products that represented the future.

After graduating from the Polytechnic University of Milan in 1939 with a degree in architecture, Zanuso served in the Navy during World War II. Soon after the war, he opened his own design firm in Milan in 1945. He later became an editor at well-regarded design magazines Domus and Casabella.

Zanuso used this editorial platform to both promote new Italian designs as well as his own pieces, some of which he made using unconventional materials like foam and latex. For instance, his famous Lady armchair from 1951 is a composition of foam rubber and Nastro Cord, a recently invented textile band of rubberized fabric that eliminated the need for metal springs. It was one of several pieces he designed for Italian manufacturer Arflex, along with the 1949 Antropus chair and the 1951 Sleep-o-matic sofa.

Zanuso often collaborated with other like-minded creatives. From 1955 until 1957, he was Olivetti’s architect, designing factories across Brazil, and for nearly two decades, he collaborated with German designer Richard Sapper. The pair’s most famous product is the 4999 children’s chair, manufactured in the 1960s by Kartell in Italy. The stackable chair was the first to be manufactured entirely of injection-molded plastic.

Zanuso and Sapper also partnered on the 1962 Brionvega Doney 14, the first European-made portable transistor TV; its sleek, compact and curvy form deeply influenced the design of television sets that followed, which were far more sculptural in form than the rigid boxes that characterized early models.

From the 1970s onward, Zanuso taught architecture and industrial design at the Polytechnic University of Milan. He still exercised his creative talents, planning the headquarters for computer companies and renovating Italian theaters.

Each of Zanuso’s elegant works were demonstrative of a forward-looking sensibility. His projects saw an integration of novel industrial materials that not only helped emphasize the beauty of good design but also played a role in rendering these well-made products accessible to everyday consumers.

On 1stDibs, find a collection of vintage Marco Zanuso furniture, including armchairs, sofas, table lamps and other items.

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Creator: Marco Zanuso
Marco Zanuso Model 275 Table Lamp for Oluce, Italy, 1960s
By Oluce, Marco Zanuso
Located in Milan, IT
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1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Marco Zanuso Table Lamps

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Metal

Marco Zanuso Table Lamp 'Zanuso' White by Oluce
By Oluce, Marco Zanuso
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
Table lamp 'Zanuso' designed by Marco Zanuso in 2013. Table lamp giving diffused light. Opal PMMA diffuser rotating on the base. Painted metal curved support and base. Manufactured by Oluce, Italy. In 1963, Marco Zanuso designed the model 275 table lamp...
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2010s Italian Mid-Century Modern Marco Zanuso Table Lamps

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Metal

Marco Zanuso Model 275 'Zanuso' Table Lamp in White and Brown for Oluce
By Oluce, Marco Zanuso
Located in Glendale, CA
Marco Zanuso Model 275 'Zanuso' table lamp in white and brown for Oluce. Executed in nut brown metal and white opal perspex diffuser, this is one of the most refined Minimalist Ita...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Mid-Century Modern Marco Zanuso Table Lamps

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Metal

Marco Zanuso Table Lamp 'Zanuso' White by Oluce
By Oluce, Marco Zanuso
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
Table lamp 'Zanuso' designed by Marco Zanuso in 2013. Table lamp giving diffused light. Opal PMMA diffuser rotating on the base. Painted metal curved support and base. Manufactured...
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2010s Italian Mid-Century Modern Marco Zanuso Table Lamps

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Metal

Marco Zanuso Model 275 'Zanuso' Table Lamp in White for Oluce
By Oluce, Marco Zanuso
Located in Glendale, CA
Marco Zanuso Model 275 'Zanuso' table lamp in white for Oluce. Executed in white metal and opal perspex diffuser, this is one of the most refined Minimalist Italian designs of the ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Mid-Century Modern Marco Zanuso Table Lamps

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Metal

Marco Zanuso Model 275 Table Lamp for Oluce, Italy, 1960s
By Oluce, Marco Zanuso
Located in Milan, IT
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1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Marco Zanuso Table Lamps

Materials

Metal

Zanuso Table Lamp by Marco Zanuso for Oluce
By Oluce, Marco Zanuso
Located in Brooklyn, NY
The Zanuso table lamp designed by Marco Zanuso Soto for Oluce. A Classic, this lamp started in 1963 as the Model 275 and stands out with its large adjustable rotary Perspex diffuser, fastened to a lacquered metal base. Even though initially designed as a desk lamp it truly shines as a soft space light...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Marco Zanuso Table Lamps

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Metal

Zanuso 275 Table Lamp by Marco Zanuso
By Marco Zanuso, Oluce
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Table lamp with large acrylic dome supported by a curved arm.
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2010s Italian Marco Zanuso Table Lamps

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Metal

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Marco Zanuso table lamps for sale on 1stDibs.

Marco Zanuso table lamps are available for sale on 1stDibs. These distinctive items are frequently made of metal and are designed with extraordinary care. We have 1 vintage editions of these items in-stock, while there is 6 modern edition to choose from as well. Many of the original table lamps by Marco Zanuso were created in the mid-century modern style in italy during the 21st century and contemporary. If you’re looking for additional options, many customers also consider table lamps by Tato, Mariana Pellegrino Soto, and Giancarlo Mattioli. Prices for Marco Zanuso table lamps can differ depending upon size, time period and other attributes — on 1stDibs, these items begin at $1,109 and can go as high as $2,710, while a piece like these, on average, fetch $1,965.

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