Acona Biconbi Chandelier
Materials: Chromed metal (iron), Bakelite socket.
Cord Length: 80 cm / 31.49’’
Height: 40 cm / 11.81”
Width: ∅ 40 cm / 13.38”
Electricity: 1 bulb E27, 1 x 75 watt maximum, 110/220 volt.
Any type of light bulb can be used. Not a specific one preferred.
Period: 1960s – Mid-Century Modern.
Designer: Bruno Munari (1904 – 1997).
Manufacturer: Danese, Milan, Italy.
Bruno Munari was born on October 24, 1904 in Milan, Italy. He was an Italian designer, inventor and artist who contributed fundamentals to many fields of visual arts. He created paintings, films, sculptures, graphic design, industrial design and this Acona Biconbi toy/lamp.
In 1927 he exhibited for the first time at the collective exhibition “33 Futurist Painters” (33 pittori futuristi) at the Galleria Pesaro in Milan.
Described by Pablo Picasso (1881 – 1973) as “the Leonardo da Vinci of our time”.
Before World War II Munari worked as a graphic designer for Italian publishing company Mondadori. He wrote more than 60 books: from children’s books to design manuals.
In 1948, Munari, along with Gillo Dorfles, Gianni Monnet and Atanasio Soldati founded the abstraction-driven Concrete Art Movement in Italy, the Movimento Arte Concreta (MAC).
Bruno Munari produced many objects for the Italian design industry, including ash trays, coffee machines, televisions among other objects. The Acona Biconbi was designed in the late 50s. Originally conceived as a work of sculpture issued from Munari’s researches on the subject of multiples. It was manufactured as a game for the first time in 1961 by Danese.
Munari died in the same town were he was born (Milan) on September 30, 1998.
Danese is a design company founded in Milan in 1957 by Bruno Danese and Jacqueline Vodoz. The company looked to an idea of design that included the languages of graphics, visual arts and photography. In 2014, Danese became part of the Artemide group.
Corraini is the publisher of the books written by Bruno Munari. To commemorate the hundredth birthday of Bruno Munari, Corraini had issued a reissue of the cardboard version of Acona Biconbi in 2004. The toy/game is still available in some online shops.
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Many thanks to Hans from Objeta for the beautiful pictures and the enthusiasm.