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Luciano Vistosi was constantly searching for absolute designs, leading him to put quality of materials first, closely followed by style. He had a strong belief that drawings were only the starting point of a design, eventually leading to the creation of his glass sculptures. Luciano held a vast number of solo exhibitions and took part in various exhibitions around the globe.

Luciano Vistosi

Peill & Putzler

Glashüttenwerk Peill und Sohn was founded in 1903 in Düren, a small town in (West) Germany. Peill und Sohn merged with Putzler (founded in 1869) in 1947 as a glass works and lighting company and became Peill + Putzler Glashüttenwerke.

The company always worked with important designers as Wilhelm WagenfeldWilliam Brown, Helmut Demary, Aloys Ferdinand Gangkofner, Horst Tüselmann and so on.

In the 1950s 1500 people where working for the company. They also produced glass for other light companies in Europe, such as Raak, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

In 1995 the production of glass and lights moved to Slovenia, Poland and the Czech Republic. Only the trading of lamps en glass stayed in Düren.  1 year after the 100st anniversary in 2004, bankruptcy was filed.

In 2007 the name Peill + Putzler was re-used for a while for the Wagenfeld lighting of the German lighting company of Paul Neuhaus.

Today the Peill & Putzler factory is called Glashütte Düren and is converted to many other businesses and conference center.

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Vistosi Mushroom Table Lamp

 

Condition: In excellent condition.

Materials: White and clear crystal mouth blown glass, opaque on top, terminating clear at the base, Bakelite socket.

Height: 36 cm – 14.17”

Width: 34 cm  – 13.38”

Electricity: 1 bulb E27 – 1 x 100 watt maximum – 110/220 volt.
Any type of light bulb with an E27 screw base can be used, for this table lamp preferable an opaque/white light bulb.

Period: 1960s – Mid-Century Modern.

Designer: Luciano Vistosi (1931-2010).
Some sources say it’s Gino Vistosi (his brother) who designed this light.

Manufacturer: Vistosi, Murano, Italy.

Other versions: No other versions.

Table or floor lamp designed by Luciano Vistosi (or Gino Vistosi) for Vistosi, Italy 1967. Mouth blown Murano glass table lamp, mushroom shaped in clear glass togheter with milky/opal glass. None of these lights are exactly the same.

Rare Vistosi table lamp. It is a striking piece, being very modern but also at the same time fully displaying the design of the 1960s.

Luciano Vistosi was born February 24th, 1931 on the Murano Island. He died in Venice on May 14th 2010.

“…At home, I rarely heard anyone speak of sculpture: we would only talk about painting. And yet, the forms were there: they were created every day in the furnace. I might say that I have always thought three-dimensional, in a sculptural way.” (Luciano Vistosi, 2003)

Vistosi

Vistosi was created by Guglielmo Vistosi in Murano in 1945 focusing on lighting. After his premature death his sons Gino and Luciano, joined their uncle Oreste in the founding of Vetreria Vistosi.

In 1956 Alessandro Pianon, a Venetian Architect, joined the company and together with second generation Luciano and Gino Vistosi gave a swing to the company focusing on innovation and design.

The company has employed some very relevant designers such as Angelo Mangiarotti, Ettore Sottsass, Fulvio Bianconi, Gae Aulenti, Enrico Capuzzo, Vico Magistretti,  and many others.

In 1989 Giancarlo Moretti, a businessman from Murano with a long experience in the glass sector with Vetrofond and Punto Luce, acquires the prestigious brand, giving birth to the new Vetreria Vistosi.
The sole survivor of the original founders, Luciano, dedicated himself to research and glass sculpture until his death in 2010.

The German company Peill & Putzler made a very similar table lamp. This one below is complete white and has a not cut rim on the base and a different socket and wire. Or is it a later edition and were they all made by Peill & Putzler? To be continued…

Peill & Putzler Mushroom Table Lamp

Peill & Putzler Mushroom Table Lamp

Peill & Putzler Mushroom Table Lamp

Peill & Putzler Mushroom Table Lamp