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Space Age Lamp White and Clear Blown Glass Shade Italian Design Mangiarotti



A 1978 iconic Space Age table lamp "Sfera", 1970s. Italian design by Angelo Mangiarotti for Artsy White and clear Blown glass (submerged technique) shade, on a chromed metal circular base. This model of "Sfera" lamp is the larger and rarest. It is a very atmospheric lamp on or off and it looks great also on the floor. Angelo Mangiarotti was born in Milan Italy in 1921. He was an architect, urban planner and a brilliant designer famous for his dedicated and revolutionary research on different production materials one of the great names of 20th century Italian design. Angelo Mangiarotti spent some time in the USA as a visitor professor of the Illinois Institute of Technology, where his encounters with Frank Lloyd Wright and Walter Gropius among others became instrumental in defining his personal style.


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  • Dimensions
    Height: 15.75 in. (40 cm)Width: 17.72 in. (45 cm)Depth: 17.72 in. (45 cm)
  • Style
    Mid-Century Modern (In the Style Of)
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  • Date of Manufacture
  • Condition
    Wear consistent with age and use.
  • Seller Location
    London, GB
  • Reference Number
    Seller: FM18611stDibs: LU5178218611762

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About the Designer

Angelo Mangiarotti

Italian architect, designer, teacher and urban planner Angelo Mangiarotti (1921–2012) was a leading light in the international design community from the 1960s onward. While he was an adherent of the rationalist principles of purity of line and simplicity of construction, he sought to imbue his designs with a sense of character and lightness of spirit that was often lacking in late-20th-century modernist architecture and design. Born in Milan, Mangiarotti studied architecture at Milan Polytechnic, graduating in 1948. Five years later, he won a visiting professorship at the Illinois Institute of Technology — beginning a peripatetic academic career that would see him teaching in numerous Italian institutions as well as in schools as far afield as Hawaii and Australia. He worked with Bauhaus eminences Ludwig Mies van der Rohe and met such greats as Frank Lloyd Wright and Walter Gropius. He returned to Italy in 1955 and would go on to work on numerous industrial, residential, commercial and civic projects in his home country, most notably a group of six railway stations in Milan. As a designer, Mangiarotti and the development of his career embodies the evolution of modernism in the latter decades of the20th century. In the late 1950s and early ’60s, after early experiments in plywood furniture and one-piece foam-core seating — including the 1110 lounge chair for Cassina — Mangiarotti began to design using more classic materials, from delicate, curvaceous blown-glass lamps for Artemide to chandeliers with crystal links for Vistosi. In 1971, Mangiarotti introduced what became his signature designs: a series of tables in marble and other stones that featured “gravity joints,” their legs held in place by the weight of the tabletop. Tables in his Eros collection (1971) have muscular proportions that anticipate the robust, overscaled lines of postmodern works that would appear 10 years later: His Eccentrico table, for example, is a striking assemblage in marble featuring a top that is cantilevered dramatically on a canted columnar base. But simplicity and practicality were consistently the primary watchwords of Mangiarotti’s designs. The purity and elegance of the objects he created offer a graceful counterpoint to a traditional decor, yet they have a singular sculptural presence that allows them to stand out powerfully in a modern interior.
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