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Pair of Omicron Sconces by Vico Magistretti for Artemide

$3,600per set

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This pair of wall or shelf mounted lamps was designed by Vico Magistretti in 1961 for Artemide and called the Omicron. The glass is textured inside similar to fresnel or holophane and is shaped almost like a tail light as if conjuring auto racing as its design inspiration. The glass is in two halves banded by perforated metal, brass clips and a brass stem with mounting plate. Intended to be hard wired, not corded.

Details

  • Creator
    Artemide (Manufacturer),Vico Magistretti (Designer)
  • Dimensions
    Height: 8 in. (20.32 cm)Width: 7 in. (17.78 cm)Depth: 8 in. (20.32 cm)
  • Sold As
    Set of 2
  • Style
    Mid-Century Modern (Of the Period)
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
    Late 1950s-Early 1960s
  • Condition
    Wear consistent with age and use. Rewired.
  • Seller Location
    Hingham, MA
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU88665136323

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    Ships From: Hingham, MA
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    This item cannot be returned.

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About the Designer

Vico Magistretti

As one of the founding fathers of modern Italian design, prolific architect and industrial designer Ludovico Magistretti (known by his nickname Vico) was guided by his philosophy, “There is no excuse for bad design.” His architectural projects are widely revered, and an ingenious meld of form and function can be found in his stylish and deceptively simple table lamps, sofas, armchairs and other mid-century furnishings.

Born in Milan, Magistretti followed in the footsteps of his father and grandfather (both architects) to study architecture at the Polytechnic University of Milan. At the outbreak of World War II, he fled to Switzerland, and it was there he met his role model and mentor, renowned humanist architect Ernesto Nathan Rogers. Magistretti was inspired by Rogers’s vision to revive postwar Italy, and they collaborated on several reconstruction projects. Among Magistretti’s first architectural designs is a “poetic” round church, which he created for the QT8, an experimental Milanese neighborhood.

When Magistretti returned to Milan in 1945, he worked at his father’s architectural firm. It wasn’t until the early 1950s that he expanded his talents into design while working with furniture artisans.

In the 1960s, Magistretti began his 30-year working relationship with famed entrepreneur Cesare Cassina of the Cassina furniture manufacturing company. In their design approach, the two men shared a vision of the relationship between modernity and tradition and enjoyed a close bond (Magistretti designed Cassina’s luxurious villa in 1965). However, their friendship was not without contention.

Legend has it that upon seeing the prototype for Magistretti’s Maralunga sofa, Cassina hated it so much that he punched it, breaking the back of the sofa, which crumpled into itself.

“Right, great, it looks perfect to me like that,” an unfazed Magistretti allegedly responded, and the Maralunga’s slumped, adjustable-height backrest was born. Incidentally, the Maralunga sofa won Italy’s Compasso d’Oro award as did his Eclisse lamp for Artemide and his Atollo lamp for Oluce.

Magistretti died in 2006, but his designs live on in galleries, museums and private residences and offices around the world.

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