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Adjustable T395 Table Lamp by Robert Sonneman for Luci Cinisello, 1970s

$730.37

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Adjustable T395 table lamp designed by Robert Sonneman for Italian manufacturer Luci Cinisello. The lamp resembles the gear lever of a Classic car. It can be moved from right to left and also forward by means of an articulated joint at the base. The shade can also be adjusted. This desk lamp is made of a chromed metal shade and stem and it has a white painted metal base. The lamp is in very good condition.

Details

  • Creator
    Robert Sonneman (Designer),Luci Cinisello (Manufacturer)
  • Dimensions
    Height: 19.3 in. (49 cm)Width: 7.09 in. (18 cm)Depth: 8.67 in. (22 cm)
  • Style
    Mid-Century Modern (Of the Period)
  • Materials and Techniques
    Chrome,Metal,Lacquered
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
    1970s
  • Condition
    Rewired: The lamp is rewired for safety and beauty. Wear consistent with age and use.
  • Seller Location
    Rotterdam, NL
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU2839324033482

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  • Shipping
    Estimated Customs Duties & Taxes to the Continental US: $0.
    Ships From: Rotterdam, Netherlands
  • Return Policy

    A return for this item may be initiated within 10 days of delivery.

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About the Designer

Robert Sonneman

Though Robert Sonneman was quite literally born into the lighting business, it took working for another celebrated lighting maker for him to land upon the kind of boundary-pushing modernism for which the New York–based designer is known today.

At the age of 19, fresh off a stint in the U.S. Navy, Sonneman responded to an ad for a position working in the studio of George Kovacs on Manhattan’s Upper East Side, where he became the sole employee. “Although my parents were in the lighting business, they came from a traditional perspective, and Kovacs introduced me to modernism,” Sonneman once said. “It was 1961, and I was immediately captured by the movement.”

While working for Kovacs, Sonneman became captivated by the work of the Bauhaus, and he began experimenting with the influential art and design school’s ideas of functional simplicity in lighting. In 1967, he opened his own studio.

Though Sonneman Design Group produced furniture for a brief time, the designer eventually elected to focus on the one category that had always fascinated him; the brand became known for its floor lamps, sconces, pendants and chandeliers that feature unconventional treatments toward shape and balance, often inspired by modern architecture. Sonneman once said of his work: “I saw the lamps that I built as lighting machines that glorified the industrial aesthetic.”

Indeed, in the spirit of Bauhaus functionality — Sonneman has also cited Mies van der Rohe as being an inspiration — the designer’s work takes function-centric forms and motifs and elevates them while prioritizing technology. This spirit of forward thinking continues today, as Sonneman’s brand, renamed SONNEMAN – A Way of Light in 2003, works with LED bulbs to continue to push the boundaries of what functional lighting can achieve aesthetically.

Current-day releases by SONNEMAN – A Way of Light (still overseen by Sonneman himself) feature 95 percent LED lights and include interior and exterior lighting as well as modular suspended lights as an alternative to track lighting. Sonneman’s vintage pieces, however, are still widely collected on the secondary market.

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