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George Nelson Bubble Pendant Lamps

George Nelson Bubble Hanging Lights

One of the most famous lamps created in Cocoon is the “Gatto” designed by Achille & Pier Giacomo Castiglioni in 1960. The lamp is still in production. More info on the Flos website.

In the late 1950s Arturo Eisenkeil brought the technique to Europe and together with Dino Gavina, Achille and Pier Giacomo Castiglioni, Sergio Biliotti, Carlo and Tobia Scarpa, Ignazio Gardella, to name the most important designers, the Flos company was born.

Flos Gatto Table lamps

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Artimeta Lugano Tripod Cocoon Floor Lamp

 

Materials: Metal frame (black painted iron). Plastic “Cocoon”. Bakelite sockets.

Height: 110 cm / 43.30”

Width: ∅ 23 cm / 9.05”

Electricity: 2 bulbs E27, 2 x 75 watt maximum, 110/220 volt. Any type of light bulb can be used, not a specific one preferred.

Period: 1950s – Mid-Century Modern.

Designer: H. Klingele.

Manufacturer: Artimeta, Soest, The Netherlands.

Artimeta

Artimeta was founded by Floris H. Fiedeldij. The company was active in the period 1950s – 1970s. The famous French designer Mathieu Matégot created many items for Artimeta. After the bankruptcy, the company got a restart under the name Art LightThe company no longer exists.

Other versions: Big and small version.

Friedel Wauer who is credited by Flos for devising the technology of spraying the material onto iron frames, was inspired by the “self-wrapping” of a silk worm, hence the naming “Cocoon”.

The first designer who used this kind of material is George Nelson in 1947 for his Bubble Hanging Lights. The technique was been developed for mothballing naval ships. George Nelson referred to these lights as “one of those happy accidents which occur all too infrequently in the designer’s experience”.

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Cocoon lamps on Vintageinfo

Goldkant Leuchten Cocoon Pendant Lamp

The Gatto lamp on the Flos website

Artimeta Lugano Tripod Cocoon Floor Lamps

Artimeta Lugano Tripod Cocoon Floor Lamps

Also on Vintageinfo: a pendant lamp from the Dutch company Raak in the same material, named “Chrysaline“.

Raak Chrysaline Pendant Light B-1057

How these lights are made by Eisenkeil for Flos, impressive video!