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Pileino Table Lamp by Gae Aulenti for Artemide, 1970s

$1,631.56

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Adjustable Pileino table lamp designed by Gae Aulenti in 1972. This model with sculptural quality is made in white lacquered metal with a plastic base. It was in production in the 1970s by Italian lighting manufacturer Artemide. The Pileino table lamp has a mobile structure: The metal shade can be rotated to get different light effects and the base can be turned to have the cord of the lamp out of sight. The maximum height of the lamp is 29 cm and the maximum depth 23 cm. For clarity - the last picture is to indicate the size, but it actually is a different Pileino table lamp.  Literature: 'Luce Lampade 1968-1973: il nuovo design italiano', Fulvio Ferrari, Napoleone Ferrari, Allemandi, Torino, 2002 and  'Repertorio del design italiano 1950-2000', Giuliana Gramigna, Umberto Allemandi & C., p. 208.

Details

  • Creator
    Gae Aulenti (Designer),Artemide (Manufacturer)
  • Design
  • Dimensions
    Height: 9.65 in (24.5 cm)Width: 7.09 in (18 cm)Depth: 9.06 in (23 cm)
  • Style
    Space Age (Of the Period)
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
    1970s
  • Condition
    Wear consistent with age and use. The wear is consistent with age and use; we like to point out a small damage at the base, which we find not disturbing. The lamp can be rotated versus the round base, but with this Pileino this is slightly more difficult than usual.
  • Seller Location
    Rotterdam, NL
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU2839327358382

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About the Designer

Gae Aulenti

The Italian architect and designer Gae Aulenti will forever be best remembered for her work with museums, in particular her 1980–86 renovation of a Beaux Arts Paris train station to create the galleries of the Musée d’Orsay. Aulenti — whose first name, short for Gaetana, is pronounced “guy” — should also be recalled for her tough intellectual spirit and for working steadily when few women found successful architectural careers in postwar Italy.

After she graduated from the Milan Polytechic in 1954, Aulenti opened an architectural office. She also joined the staff of the progressive architectural magazine Casabella, whose editorial line was that the establishment, orthodox modernism of Le Corbusier and the Bauhaus, had outlived it usefulness. When their movement for fresh approaches to architecture and design received a sympathetic hearing, Aulenti found patrons — most prominently Gianni Agnelli, of Fiat, who later employed her to renovate the Palazzo Grassi in Venice for use as an arts exhibition space.

Commissions for showrooms and other corporate spaces brought Aulenti to furniture design. She felt that furniture should never dominate a room. Her chairs and sofas — low-slung, with rounded enameled metal frames and ample seats — and tables, particularly her 1972 marble Jumbo coffee table for Knoll, project solidity and sturdiness. In lighting design, however, Aulenti is bravura. Each work has a marvelous sculptural presence. Pieces such as her Pipistrello table lamp and Quadrifoglio pendant are a perfect marriage of organically shaped glass and high-tech fixtures. Others have a futuristic elegance — and some even have a touch of personality. Aulenti’s Pileino and La Ruspa table lamps each look almost like little robots. Her lighting pieces are an artful grace note in the career of a woman who believed in strength.

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