Angelo Lelii Cobra Table Lamp
Materials: Brass cast rod. Magnetised black oxide iron lamp holder. White enamelled cylindrical metal base. Transformer 220 volt to 12 volt inside. Brass socket.
Height: 62 cm / 24.40”
Width: ∅ 11 cm / 4.33”
Electricity: 1 bulb B22 12 volt, 1 x 40 watt maximum, 110/220 volt. Transformer inside. Not any type of light bulb can be used, it has to be a spotlight.
Period: 1960s – Mid-Century Modern.
Designer: Angelo Lelii aka Angelo Lelli (1911 – 1979).
Manufacturer: Arredoluce, Monza, Italy.
Other versions: The Angelo Lelii Cobra table lamp exists in several variations. This lamp is model 12919. They exists in brass and chromed metal. Also made with a black base. Produced as a floor lamp in a few sizes.
The Angelo Lelii Cobra table 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 70, 230 and 349.
Angelo Lelii is the founder of Arredoluce; Italy’s most innovative lighting firm of the 1950s and 1960s. 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: 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. The firm got nothing to do with the original.
Many thanks to Hans from Objeta for the beautiful pictures and the enthusiasm.