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Angelo Lelii for Arredoluce Extendable Height Floor Lamp in Brass, Red Lacquer

$16,500

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Angelo Lelii (1911-1979) An elegant, adjustable floor lamp by Angelo Lelii (sometimes spelled Angelo Lelli), for his pioneering lighting firm Arredoluce. A graceful tripartite base curves two polished brass forelegs around a black-lacquered iron stem with a serpentine arched foot. The elongated base supports an extendible telescope neck in polished brass — ranging from 55" to 71" — which bows into a moveable, bell-shaped shade lacquered in cherry red. This allows the light beam to be directed with precision. With its distinctive cloche, flexible neck, coquettish curves, and extra-slim proportions, this minimalist and versatile lamp alternately calls to mind Vermeer's Girl with a Pearl Earring and a graceful, long-bodied praying mantis. As with Lelii's most sensitive work, the design is at once highly practical — note both the extendible height and omnidirectional light, equally amenable to differently sized spaces, as well the small footprint — and poetic. Italy, 1951. Rewired for use in the US. Measures: Maximum height 71" Minimum height 55". Presented with one of a pair of Italian 1950's reclining armchairs, also available at our gallery.

Details

  • Creator
    Angelo Lelii (Designer),Arredoluce (Manufacturer)
  • Dimensions
    Height: 71 in. (180.34 cm)Width: 17.5 in. (44.45 cm)Depth: 11.5 in. (29.21 cm)
  • Style
    Mid-Century Modern (Of the Period)
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
    circa 1951
  • Condition
    Rewired. Wear consistent with age and use.
  • Seller Location
    New York, NY
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU3576321508992

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About the Manufacturer

Arredoluce

The lighting company Arredoluce opened in 1943, at the start of a golden era of modernist Italian design, and was born of the confluence of an eager entrepreneurial business spirit and a fresh, innovative, forward-looking creative atmosphere. Angelo Lelii (1911–79), the founder of the firm, which was based in the Milanese district of Monza, was a gifted and at times brilliant designer. He had the insight to commission works from other greats of the day, including Giò Ponti, Vico Magistretti, the brothers Achille and Pier Giacomo Castiglioni and Ettore Sottsass Jr. Lelii’s designs cover a broad aesthetic range. His most famous work, the Triennale floor lamp (circa 1952), is both elegant and practical, with three omnidirectional lighting booms attached to a central pole. His well-known ceiling light of 1954 — in which a conical canister bounces light upward off a lighting-arced enameled-aluminum sheet — is a piece of design poetry. And his 1962 Cobra table lamp has a wild, almost surreal look, featuring a sculptured rod of polished metal with a socket that, like his Eye floor lamp of the early 1960s, holds an eyeball-like directional bulb. Arredoluce also placed few constraints on the creativity of the designers it employed from outside the company. The Castiglioni brothers’ Turbino table lamp of 1951, for example, is a remarkably early example of minimalist design. The company both fostered the tradition-minded aspect of Giò Ponti’s sensibility and produced several of his experimental pieces in Lucite in the 1950s; and Sottsass’s UFO table lamp of 1957, sandwich of two plastic bubbled tablets on four legs, prefigures the look of his postmodern works for the Memphis Group by more than 20 years. From the stylish and utilitarian to the avant-garde, lighting by Arredoluce includes some of the most diverse, remarkable and collectible designs of the late 20th century.
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