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The Raak Meander Wall Lamp (C-1615) designed in 1972 by Studio D.A.
More info in the Raak Catalogue 9 on Vintageinfo here and here.

Raak Meander Wall Lamp - 1972

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Lamperti Pelota Desk Lamp

 

Condition: In excelent condition.

Materials: Plastic.

Height: 31.75 cm – 12.50”

Width: 22.86 cm – 9”

Electricity: 1 bulb E14, 1 x 40 watt maximum – 110/220 volt.
Any type of light bulb can be used, not a specific one preferred.

Period: 1970s – Mid-Century Modern.

Designer: Studio D.A.: Cesare Maria Casati and Carlo Emanuele Ponzio in 1971.

Manufacturer: Lamperti, Robbiata, Como, Italy, founded in 1948, ended business somewhere in the 1990s.

Other versions: Made in many colours.

The name Pelota originates from a Bask (Spain) ball game that is 400 years old, called pelota vasca. Pilota in the original Basque language also pelota vasca in Spanish; pelote basque in French. The pelota is known to be the hardest ball of any sport. It is roughly 3/4 the size of a baseball and is harder than a rock. It’s not the ball, but the throwing stick called xistera or chistéra that looks the same as this lamp. Wikipedia (link opens in a new window): Basque pelota

The game is called pelota vasca in Spain but the Western Hemisphere name of Jai-alai, which is Basque for “merry festival”, was given when it was introduced in Cuba. More info on this website: www.jai-alai.info (link opens in a new window)

Studio D.A.: Milan, Italy founded by Cesare Maria Casati and Carlo Emanuele Ponzio. Website where you can find more information and a biography: www.studioda.it (link opens in a new window).

The Xistera

Pelota Vasca Xistera

White Version

Lamperti Pelota Desk Lamp - White

Studio D.A. made many beautiful lamps such as the Pillola (pil) table lamp for Ponteur in 1968. Many important design companies have collaborated with Studio D.A. including Venini, Martinelli Luce, Raak, Harvey GuzziniCandle, Comfort, Abet Print, and  Arflex.

Ponteur - Pillola Table Lamps - 1968