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Metis Lighting Fontana Arte Nobi Suspension Lamp, Designed 1992

US$1,004

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Designed by Metis Lighting in 1992 and manufactured by Fontana Arte, the Nobi suspension Lamp guarantees total practicality for innovative elegant design. The two bowl-shaped glass discs are held in position by a system of tiny springs and fastened to the metal frame by two pins. In this way the diffuser rotates on itself, directing its halogen beam as required. The lamp is available in metal frame chromed CR finish or satined nickel plating NS. The lamp fits an anodized aluminum reflector for indirect beam and pressed sandblasted tempered glass diffusers. Spacer box included and provided with telescopic stem.

Details

  • Creator
    Metis Lighting (Designer),Fontana Arte (Manufacturer)
  • Dimensions
    Height: 19.3 in. (49.03 cm)Width: 9.1 in. (23.12 cm)Depth: 5.1 in. (12.96 cm)
  • Style
    Modern (Of the Period)
  • Materials and Techniques
    Chrome,Nickel,Plated
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
    1990-1999
  • Date of Manufacture
    2017
  • Condition
  • Seller Location
    Brooklyn, NY
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU163926472943

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  • Shipping
    US$150In-Home Delivery Shipping
    to United States 0,arrives in 4-6 weeks.
    We recommend this shipping type based on item size, type and fragility.
    Ships From: Cranbury, NJ
  • Return Policy

    A return for this item may be initiated within 3 days of delivery.

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About the Manufacturer

Fontana Arte

Best known for its elegant and innovative vintage lighting pieces, 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: Giò 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.

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Located in Brooklyn, NY

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