Angelo Lelii 1940s Pendant Lamp
Materials: Light yellow painted round lampshade, painted white on the inside. Curved brass handle. Light yellow painted conical counterweight. Brass pulley. Some metal parts. Brass E27 socket with a porcelain ring.
Cord Length: 90 – 180 cm / 35.43 – 70.86” – adjustable
Height: 50 cm / 19.68”
Width: ∅ 47 cm / 18.50”
Electricity: 1 bulb E27, 1 x 100 watt maximum, 110/220 volt.
Any type of light bulb can be used, not a specific one preferred.
Period: 1940s, 1950s – Mid-Century Modern.
Designer: Angelo Lelii aka Angelo Lelli around 1947.
Manufacturer: Arredoluce, Monza, Italy.
Other versions: This Angelo Lelii 1940s pendant lamp exists in several colours. This lamp is model 12126.
This pendant lamp is described in the book: Arredoluce – Catalogo Ragionato 1943-1987 – Catalogue Raissonné. Written by Anty Pansera, Alessandro Padoan and Alessandro Palmaghini. Published by SilvanaEditoriale. It is located on page 277.
Angelo Lelii is the founder of the Arredoluce company; Italy’s most innovative lighting firm of the 1950’s and 1960’s. He stands out with his innovative research into form, matter and colour. The company was active from 1943 until 1987.
Designers that worked for Arredoluce, are among others: Gio Ponti, Ettore Sottsass Jr., Vico Magistretti. Mario Tedeschi, Nanda Vigo. Egle Amaldi, Vincenzo Gozzini. Achille Castiglioni, Pier Giacomo Castiglioni. Marco Comolli, Luigi Radice, Enrico Taglietti, Innocente Gandini. Gregotti Meneghetti Stoppino, Cesare Lacca. Franco Giovanni Legler, Elio Monesi.
Angelo Lelii was born in 1911 in Monza, near Milan in Italy. He was responsible for the design and manufacture of hundreds of beautiful lamps. In 1943 he created his first lamp in his basement at home. In 1946 he had a complete page in the famous Domus-magazine and in 1947 he started his company Arredoluce in his hometown. The company ended business in 1987.
You can find an Italian lamp company on the internet with the same name, but they just use this name, they got nothing to do with the original.
Links (external links open in a new window)
Ebay: Arredoluce Catalog 1943-1987
Bol: Arredoluce Catalog 1943-1987
Calla lamps by Angelo Lelii – Google images
Stainless steel tube table lamp
Many thanks to Lluís from Eclectique Vintage for the photos and the enthusiasm. And many thanks to Hans from Ztijl Design for the enlightening information.