Design Objects - table lamp Atollo 233 (1977)

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The table lamp ATOLLO is one of the most famous pieces of Vico Magistretti. For this, he won the “Golden Compass” award in 1979 - which is an industrial design award originated in Italy in 1954 by the La Rinascente company from an original idea of Gio Ponti and Alberto Rosselli.

Made in varnished aluminum, its simple geometrical structure transforms a simple home object into an accessible abstract design. This table lamp is made of two distinctive elements: a cylindrical base and a spherical upper part, united by a slim and almost invisible element, such that when the light is on, it gives the illusion of a shade suspended in the air.

Many lamps projected by Magistretti are a smart combination of abstract geometry and light effects. All the details, such as joints, cables, and sockets, are always hidden from sight; to prevail are the simple forms and harmonic composition.

The concept of the table lamp designed by Magistretti was composed of a series of sketches, but it took some time for the producer to find a way to transform this technically complex idea into a real object.

O Luce is the ancient’s producer of design lighting in Italy, and it is active until today. Here or many years, Magistretti was operating as the art director and chief designer, imprinting his recognizable style.

Today, this table lamp is produced in several materials, among which in varnished metal and glass, and available in three different sizes:

Model 233 – table lamp Ø20 h70 cm, shade size Ø50 cm

Model 239 – table lamp Ø15 h50 cm, shade size Ø38 cm

Model 238 – table lamp Ø10 h35 cm, shade size Ø25 cm

My personal favorite is 233 in black and gold finishing. Which is your preferred?

With my best wishes,


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