The sculptural simplicity and production in series are distinctive characteristics of the work of Jean Prouvé. Both aspects are incorporated in the table Trapèze, designed initially together with the chair Antony for the French university campus of Antony.
Franco Albini has worked in different fields, including architecture, product design, urbanistic, and interior design, in a Neo-rationalist style born between the Twenties and Thirties to unite European functional with the inherited Italian classicism.
Jean Prouvé did not make any difference between design and production, neither between architectural works and furniture: the economics of materials, assembly methods, and the aesthetics of the structure emerge regardless of its form or dimensions. To create pieces at a reasonable price point and easy to produce in series, he uses materials made for the aeronautics and automobile industry.
Glass has always occupied a central place in the work of Fontana Arte; the Italian company specialized in the production of furnishings and lighting. This principle is applied to the glass table Fontana, a creation of Pietro Chiesa from 1932.
The lamp Standard is made of metal varnished black with shades painted white on the inside and a reflector in aluminum. Besides reflecting light, this lamp has an organic shape and erotic illusions inspired by the Surrealism movement.
The table lamp Tizio has become a symbol of functionality, representing a lifestyle in the name of design. Although it was created as a table lamp, it became a popular model among interior furnishings.
When Michele De Lucchi and Giancarlo Fassina presented the prototype of the table lamp Tolomeo to the technical department in Artemide, with it's provocative and showy style, it was abandoned in favor of an approach that explored concepts of tension and movement.
The chandelier PH Artichoke by Poul Henningsen, with its waterfall of peaked copper lampshades, is one of the most singular lamps designed in the Twentieth Century. It is one of the most remarkable lighting models firmed by Henningsen, produced by the Dutch company Louis Poulsen Lighting of Copenaghen.