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Joe Colombo 'Topo' Green Task Lamp for Stilnovo, circa 1970

$1,800

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Joe Colombo 'Topo' task light for Stilnovo, circa 1970s. Executed in green enameled metal and plastic with chrome and black plastic details. Manufacturer's stamp: "Stilnovo" Extends to 42" max. height. Height as pictured is 20.5" from tabletop. Also swivels from right to left and shade adjusts independently on ball joint. Not UL listed, but available from authorized 3rd party vendor upon request for an additional fee.

Details

  • Creator
    Joe Colombo (Designer),Stilnovo (Maker)
  • Design
  • Dimensions
    Height: 42 in. (106.68 cm)Width: 5 in. (12.7 cm)Depth: 24.5 in. (62.23 cm)
  • Style
    Mid-Century Modern (Of the Period)
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
    circa 1972
  • Condition
    Rewired. Wear consistent with age and use. Minor losses. Good. Rewired with new socket and US plug. Minor patina, scuffing and losses noted only for accuracy.
  • Seller Location
    Glendale, CA
  • Reference Number
    Seller: V13391stDibs: LU144729171631

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    Ships From: Glendale, CA
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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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