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Vintage Pair Tikal 1555 Table Lamps by Pier Giuseppe Ramella for Flos-Arteluce

$1,995per set

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Extraordinary pair of Tikal 1555 table lamps designed by Pier Giuseppe Ramella for Flos–Arteluce. This pair is in wonderful vintage condition. Please see photos. Circa 1980 This is quite the pair of lamps! Designed by Pier Giuseppe Ramella for Italian lighting company Arteluce. This pair of lamps is just extraordinary with their elegant fan shaped frosted glass shades which sit atop an enameled conical shaped base of dark gray. They rotate on the base showing either an off-white convex plastic lens on one side or a soft gray lens on the other. They retain their original Flos tag and Atelier International Lighting tag on the bottom of each lamp. Their condition is flawless except for the following: the off-white lens on one of the lamps has yellowed slighting possibly due to an oversized bulb being used; and one of the plastic lens fasteners on that lamp has been repaired as well; and the outer cover of one of the cords is worn but is not hazardous as it is only a secondary cover. This in no way takes away from their usability or beauty. These are a beautifully matched pair of lamps but, we will entertain selling them individually if you so desire. Please contact us for individual pricing. Italian lighting design company Arteluce was established in 1939 by the young Venetian designer-entrepreneur Gino Sarfatti. Political upheaval at the time forced Sarfatti to abandon his aeronautical engineering degree in Genoa and move with his family to Milan. There, despite a lack of formal design training, Sarfatti embarked on a lighting career. Yet it is arguably because he was wholly self-taught that Sarfatti immersed himself in the full lifecycle of the design process, from conception to production, collaborating with artisans and architects to create stronger, lighter, and cheaper modernist lamps than Italy has seen before. Arteluce quickly established itself as a successful and visionary lighting brand thanks to Sarfatti’s commitment to technical, material, and production research. He designed over 400 lamps in his lifetime (though some sources say it was as many as 700), which are celebrated for their minimalist yet expressive aesthetic and experimental materials. In the 1960s, Arteluce became a creative hub for Italy’s most talented designers, producing designs by major talents, such as Franco Albini, Cini Boeri, Franca Helg, Ico Parisi, and Massimo Vignelli. The lighting installation for the Teatro Regio opera house in Turin—one of Arteluce's last projects, which comprised hundreds of pendant plexiglas tubes installed under the direction of legendary architect Carlo Mollino in 1972—is considered one of the company's greatest achievements. In 1973, Sarfatti sold his business to Flos and retired to Lake Como. Many Arteluce creations are still in production today, and several original models are housed permanently in important museums like MoMA in New York. Arteluce became a division of Flos group in 1974 and Pier Giuseppe Ramella designed for them in 1980’s. Arteluce lamps are considered a fine classic treasure! This fabulous pair should be yours! Lamp Size: • Height – 17.25 Inches • Width – 19.5 Inches • Depth – 7.5 Inches • Weight – 15.8 pounds each Crated Size: • Height – 27 Inches • Width – 26 Inches • Depth – 16 Inches • Weight – 50 pounds

Details

  • Creator
    Arteluce (Maker),Flos (Retailer),Pier Giuseppe Ramella (Designer)
  • Dimensions
    Height: 17.25 in. (43.82 cm)Width: 19.5 in. (49.53 cm)Depth: 7.5 in. (19.05 cm)
  • Sold As
    Set of 2
  • Style
    Modern (Of the Period)
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
    circa 1980
  • Condition
    Wear consistent with age and use. Their condition is flawless except for the following: the off-white lens on one of the lamps has yellowed slightly; and one of the plastic lens fasteners on that lamp has been repaired. And the outer cover of one of the cords is worn.
  • Seller Location
    Topeka, KS
  • Reference Number
    Seller: 414-LTG-0291stDibs: LU187336251943

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About Flos (Retailer)

Imaginative lighting is a longtime hallmark of modern Italian design. Following in the footsteps of innovative companies such as Artemide and Arteluce, the company FLOS brought a fresh aesthetic philosophy to the Italian lighting field in the 1960s, one that would produce several of the iconic floor, table and pendant lamp designs of the era.

FLOS — Latin for “flower” — was founded in the northern town of Merano in 1962 by Cesare Cassina (of the famed Cassina furniture-making family) and Dino Gavina, a highly cultured businessman who believed that artistic ideas espoused in postwar Italy could inform commercial design. The two enlisted brothers Achille and Pier Giacomo Castiglioni as their first designers. Even before FLOS was formally incorporated, the Castiglionis gave the firm one of its enduring successes with the Taraxacum pendant and associated designs made by spraying an elastic polymer on a metal armature. (George Nelson had pioneered the technique in the United States in the early 1950s.) For other designs, the brothers found inspiration in everyday objects. Suggestive of streetlights, their Arco floor lamp, with its chrome boom and ball-shaped shade sweeping out from a marble block base, has become a staple of modernist decors. Designing for FLOS since 1966, Tobia Scarpa has also been inspired by the commonplace. His folded-metal Foglio sconces resemble a shirt cuff; his carved marble Biagio table lamp looks like a jai alai basket.

In 1973, FLOS purchased Arteluce, the company founded in 1939 by Gino Sarfatti, and it continues to produce his designs. In recent decades, FLOS has contracted work from several noted designers, including Marcel Wanders and Jasper Morrison. As instantly recognizable as they are, many FLOS designs remain accessible. While FLOS lighting is the essence of modernity, its sleek, subtle designs can be used to strike a sculptural note in even traditional spaces. 

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