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Sculptural form 'Rimorchiatore' Table Lamp by Gae Aulenti for Candle,Italy, 1967

$8,800

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Wonderful and rare sculptural form 'Rimorchiatore' table lamp designed by Gae Aulenti for the Avant-garde lighting company 'Candle' ,Italy in 1967. This rare design forms part of the permanent design collection at the 'Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian' museum in New York. The 'rimorchiatore' lamp was first exhibited in 1968 at the now iconoic 'EURODOMUS 2' design exhibition held in Milan, the June 1968 issue of 'Domus' magazine featured a nice black and white photo of Candle's exhbition Stand plus a feature on their lamps. Aulenti's 'Rimorchiatore' is on the one hand a pure geometric art form and yet has the functional practicality of a lamp and desk organiser. The design takes its name from the italian word for a trailer that can be hitched behind cars to tow a load and the series of geometric forms with their differing functions are a highly stylized interpretation of this IDEA, The timeless yet radical sculptural form refers back to the 'Bauhaus' , 'Constructivist' and 'De Stijl' design movements while still seamlessly looking forward to the Space Age and forthcoming moon landings . The lamp combines a heavy cast enameled aluminum base, featuring two independent light switches, on which are sat a series of sculptural enameled aluminum elements ; a rotatable illuminated central column with an adjustable 'C' form diffuser in blue acrylic which allows both the direction,the level of light and the color of the light (warm white or blue) emitted to be adjusted independently , a second uplighter is concealed within the sculptural element to the right (in the main photo) and this element can also be rotated . The semi circular container to the left (in the main photo) can be used as a vase , ash tray or pencil/pen holder as can the cylindrical element lurking behind the central light column. A rare and timeless Classic which highlights the designer's enthusiasm for user participation . Restorations: The original blue acrylic 'C' form diffuser had severe heat damage, melted areas and distortion due to the use of a incandescent light tube of too high a wattage sometime in the past. We employed a skilled acrylic specialist to fabricate a new acrylic diffuser exactly matching the original and have installed an LED light tube of the same dimensions so this will not happen again. Literature 'Domus' ,June 1968, fig 4, d/445. 'Domus' ,November 1968, photographed at the 'EURODOMUS 2' exhibition in Milan, please see final black and white photo illustrating the 'CANDLE' exhibition Stand. 'LIGHT - Lamps 1968-1973: New Italian Design' , Fulvio Ferrari and Napoleone Ferrari, plate. 35 'Repertorio 1950-1980', Gramigna, pg. 303 '1000 lamps, 1960 to present' Fiell, 2005 page 145 Exhibition catalog 'Gli oggeti. Gli spazi'. Triennale Milano', 2013. (please see original design sketch by Aulenti and original period black and white photo). 'Nientedimeno, Nothing Less: The Strength of Female Design', Pansera and Chirico, pg. 26 'Rad Light: The Radical Lighting Collection of Jim Walrod', Patrick Parrish Gallery exhibition catalog, pg. 12 Museum collections: Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Museum, New York Exhibitions : 'EURODOMUS 2' , Milan 1968,.

Details

  • Creator
    Candle (Manufacturer),Gae Aulenti (Designer)
  • Dimensions
    Height: 14.57 in. (37 cm)Width: 6.11 in. (15.5 cm)Depth: 12.41 in. (31.5 cm)
  • Style
    Mid-Century Modern (Of the Period)
  • Materials and Techniques
    CastAluminum,EnameledAluminum,MoldedAcrylic
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
    1967
  • Condition
    Replacements made: The original blue diffuser was damaged by the heat of the original incandescent light tube , a lamp of too high a wattage had been used in the past, a skilled restoration specialist has fabricated a new diffuser exactly matching the original. Rewired: The electric wiring have been checked and everything has been made functional and working. Wear consistent with age and use. This extremely rare Rimorchiatore is in a very honest and original vintage condition and has some traces of user wear consistent with age and use, a very nice original example for collectors.
  • Seller Location
    bergen op zoom, NL
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU930123577542

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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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