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Stilnovo

Italian

Though Bruno Gatta (1904–76) founded Stilnovo way back in 1946, it is still one of the most instantly recognizable names in lighting. Gatta began his business in Milan, and, like many European creatives designing furniture and decor in the wake of World War II, Stilnovo leaned toward the new wave of mass-market and streamlined styles. In fact, Stilnovo loosely translates to “new style” in Italian, and vintage Stilnovo lighting has endured as a practical choice for those looking to bring innovative and forward-thinking design into their homes.

Soon after Stilnovo was established, Gatta’s lighting fixtures were applauded throughout Europe for their novel industrial materials as well as their unique yet functional shapes. Italy in the 1950s was forming a completely revolutionized look, and Bruno Gatta and Stilnovo’s head designer, Angelo Gaetano Sciolari, helped shape it. When the 1960s arrived, Stilnovo was experiencing such a boom that the company opened a new production plant in Lainate. One of the brand’s most famous pieces, Giovanni Luigi Gorgoni’s quirky 1965 Buonanotte spherical table lamp, became a best seller.

Gatta partnered with some of the most well-known names in design, including Ettore Sottsass, Achille and Pier Giacomo Castiglioni, Joe Colombo and Gae Aulenti. Sottsass’s pieces for Stilnovo, including the 1977 Valigia four-legged table lamp, the 1968 Lampros chandelier and Manifesto ceiling light, and the Castiglionis’ 1957 Saliscendi pendant light fixtures are some of the brand’s most recognizable to date. In 1978, De Pas, D’Urbino and Lomazzi designed the Fante lamp with an adjustable reflector that playfully recalls a broad-brimmed hat.

Stilnovo’s designs, including Danilo and Corrado Aroldi’s flexible Periscope table lamp, were featured in the 1972 exhibition “Italy: The New Domestic Landscape” at the Museum of Modern Art. While Stilnovo continued to operate with new designer collaborations after Gatta’s death, it closed its doors in 1988. Italian art director Massimo Anselmi acquired the company in 2012 and rereleased several of Stilnovo’s most celebrated pieces. Then in 2019, lighting giant Linea Light Group purchased Stilnovo and relaunched its classic designs with contemporary touches like LED lighting systems.

Find vintage Stilnovo chandeliers and pendants, wall lights, floor lamps and other fixtures and furniture on 1stDibs.

Average Sold Price
US$3,053
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Materials
"Mailand" Pendant Ceiling Lamp by Stilnovo
By Stilnovo
Located in Los Angeles, CA
"Mailand" Pendant lamp by Stilnovo. Manufactured in Italy, circa 1950's. Gridded sheet metal. Wired for U.S. standards. Recommended lamping consists of four E27 Socket 60w Frosted Bu...
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1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Stilnovo

Materials

Steel, Sheet Metal

  • "Mailand" Pendant Ceiling Lamp by Stilnovo
  • "Mailand" Pendant Ceiling Lamp by Stilnovo
  • "Mailand" Pendant Ceiling Lamp by Stilnovo
  • "Mailand" Pendant Ceiling Lamp by Stilnovo
H 36 in. W 17.75 in. D 17.75 in.
Stilnovo Pendant Light Model 1140 in Aluminum, Brass and Glass, Italy, 1960s
By Stilnovo
Located in New York, NY
Stilnovo pendant or suspension light model 1140 with white enameled aluminum shade suspending textured glass dome shade with brass fittings and suspended from its original brass cano...
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1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Stilnovo

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Aluminum, Brass, Wire

Mid-Century Modern Stilnovo Table Lamp in Lacquered Brass and Glass, Italy 1950
By Stilnovo
Located in Catania, IT
Though Bruno Gatta (1904–76) founded Stilnovo way back in 1946, it is still one of the most instantly recognizable names in lighting. Gatta began his business in Milan, and, like man...
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1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Stilnovo

Materials

Brass

Stilnovo Pearl White Red Globe Sconces, Mid Century
By Stilnovo
Located in Vienna, AT
Stilnovo pearl white red globe pendant lamp, circa 1965 Beautiful vintage Italian wall lamps, aluminium sheet, enameled pearly white and red with a visor effect once illuminated. ...
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1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Stilnovo

Materials

Aluminum

Pair of 1950s Red & Black Stilnovo Diablo Sconces
By Stilnovo
Located in Glendale, CA
Pair of 1950s red & black Stilnovo Diablo sconces. Executed in in perforated black and red painted metal and patinated brass. Lamp adjusts freely on a flexible ball joint to a variet...
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1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Stilnovo

Materials

Brass, Metal

Stilnovo D491, Italy, 1950's Desk Lamp, Marble and Brass, with Label
By Stilnovo
Located in Wargrave, Berkshire
Stilnovo, Italy, Desk lamp, 1950's, model D491 in enamelled black metal shade on articulating brass stem supported by marble base. Label to interior of shade. The shade articulates w...
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1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Stilnovo

Materials

Marble, Metal, Brass

Stilnovo Pendant Chandelier Lamp Black Opal Glass, Mid-Century Modern, Italy
By Stilnovo
Located in Vienna, AT
Stilnovo pear-shaped ball suspension lamp with 3 shades Italy, circa 1950 Wonderful and rare example of a nest of Mid Century ceiling fixtures in original condition. Beautiful penda...
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1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Stilnovo

Materials

Aluminum, Brass

Pair of Mid-Century Adjustable Stilnovo Bedside Wall Lamps in Lacquered Yellow
By Stilnovo
Located in Palermo, Sicily
Pair of mid-century adjustable Stilnovo bedside wall lamps in lacquered yellow.
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1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Stilnovo

Materials

Metal, Brass

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Stilnovo furniture for sale on 1stDibs

Stilnovo furniture is available for sale on 1stDibs. These distinctive objects are frequently made of metal and designed with extraordinary care. In our collection of Stilnovo furniture there are many options to choose from, although beige editions of this piece are particularly popular. 765 vintage editions of these items are in stock, while there are 3 modern editions to choose from as well. Many of the original furniture by Stilnovo were created in Europe during the 20th century in the mid-century modern style. Many customers also consider furniture by Gaetano Sciolari, Venini and Barovier & Toso if you are looking for additional options. The prices for Stilnovo furniture can vary depending upon size, time period and other attributes. Price for these items starts at $208 and tops out at $53,500, while pieces like these can sell for $3,775.

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