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Pair of Joe Colombo 'Fresnel' Outdoor Wall Lamps for Oluce in Black

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Pair of Joe Colombo 'Fresnel' outdoor wall lamps for Oluce in black. Executed in lacquered aluminum and glass, this is one of the most refined Minimalist Italian designs of the midcentury and an icon for Colombo. Originally designed in 1966, this authorized re-edition is still made by Oluce in Italy using many of the original manufacturing techniques with scrupulous attention to detail, materials and craftsmanship. 'Fresnel' is a lamp that was created to be one of those perfect objects, incapable of being improved any further; it has not only withstood the test of time, but been designed by it. This iconic wall lamp makes essentiality and practicality synonyms of elegance. Different versions of the Fresnel have been designed over time: wall/ceiling lamps for both indoor and outdoor use as well as a floor lamp, only for outdoor use. The metal body – available in white, black, grey, and chrome-plated metal versions – completes the structure exceptionally. Price is per pair. Available in unlimited quantities in choice of black, gray, white, or chrome plated (indoor only). Each lamp accommodates 1x 40W equivalent candelabra LED bulb (lower with incandescent). UL listed. Integrated LED (2700K, 600 lm) version also available for additional fee, but is not UL listed. In-stock lead time 5-6 weeks. Out of stock lead time can add additional 8 weeks or more. Inventory availability is subject to change at any time. For time-sensitive orders, please inquire prior to purchasing. Please note that 1stDibs shipping is not an option for these fixtures, as they ship directly from Oluce in Italy. Made to order. All sales are final.

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Available in unlimited quantities in choice of black, gray, white, or chrome plated (indoor only).

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About the Designer

Joe Colombo

He died tragically young, and his career as a designer lasted little more than 10 years. But through the 1960s, Joe Colombo proved himself one of the field’s most provocative and original thinkers, and he produced a remarkably large array of innovative furniture, lighting and product designs. Even today, the creations of Joe Colombo have the power to surprise.

Cesare “Joe” Colombo was born in Milan, the son of an electrical-components manufacturer. He was a creative child — he loved to build huge structures from Meccano pieces — and in college he studied painting and sculpture before switching to architecture. In the early 1950s, Colombo made and exhibited paintings and sculptures as part of an art movement that responded to the new Nuclear Age, and futuristic thinking would inform his entire career. He took up design not long after his father fell ill in 1958, and he and his brother, Gianni, were called upon to run the family company. Colombo expanded the business to include the making of plastics — a primary material in almost all his later designs. One of his first, made in collaboration with his brother, was the Acrilica table lamp (1962), composed of a wave-shaped piece of clear acrylic resin that diffused light cast by a bulb concealed in the lamp’s metal base. A year later, Colombo produced his best-known furniture design, the Elda armchair (1963): a modernist wingback chair with a womb-like plastic frame upholstered in thick leather pads. 

Portability and adaptability were keynotes of many Colombo designs, made for a more mobile society in which people would take their living environments with them. One of his most striking pieces is the Tube chair (1969). It comprises four foam-padded plastic cylinders that fit inside one another. The components, which are held together by metal clips, can be configured in a variety of seating shapes. Tube chairs generally sell for about $9,000 in good condition; Elda chairs for about $7,000. A small Colombo design such as the plastic Boby trolley — an office organizer on wheels, designed in 1970 — is priced in the range of $700. As Colombo intended, his designs are best suited to a modern decor. As you see on 1stDibs, if your tastes run to sleek, glossy Space Age looks, the work of Joe Colombo offers you a myriad of choices.

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