Arteluce Ciao Table Lamp
Materials: White painted metal (aluminium) base. 2 black painted sliders with black plastic covers. Black plasticised goose-neck. Adjustable white painted curved & ribbed elongated lampshade. Black decorative plastic handles. Aluminium reflector. Transformer 220 volt to 12 volt inside the base. Porcelain socket.
Height: 30 cm / 15.75” – adjustable
Lampshade: 9 x 8 cm / 13.78”
Base: 14 x 12.5 cm / 2.95 x 2.95”
Electricity: 1 bulb G4, 1 x 20 watt maximum, 12 volt.
Any type of light bulb can be used, not a specific one preferred.
Designer: Ezio Didone in 1983.
Manufacturer: Arteluce, Milan, Italy.
Other versions: This Arteluce Ciao table lamp has all the looks of a sledge vacuum cleaner. It was produced in a few variations. Made with different sliders and in several colours; black, red, green… A black version with red parts can be found over here.
Ezzio Didone designed several lamps in this style, the Desk and Jolly, all for Arteluce. You can find them on his website.
A version exists with a B15s light bulb. It is unclear if it is a first edition or it was the cheaper version. Halogen lamps were invented and used a long time before these lamps were made.
These desk or table lamps were also intended as wall lamps.
Architect Ezio Didone was born August 21, 1939 in Milan, Italy. He graduated in architecture at the Milan Polytechnic (Politecnico di Milano) in 1967, with a thesis on Industrial Design.
His first years of professional activity were at the architect Frattini’s office. In 1970 he opened his own studio in Milan, dealing with Industrial Design, advertising graphics and architecture. From 1971 to 1975 he was part of the DAM group (Designers Associati Milano) with Studio G.14 and architect Colombi.
He designed lamps, handles, decorative objects, household items, cutlery, chairs, tables, furniture, fabrics, electronic products, technical lamps and so on. He also designed several dimmers for Relco.
Ezio Didone received many awards, among others a design award for the Diva lamp produced by Arteluce (Flos) in 1987.
Gino Sarfatti – Arteluce
Gino Sarfatti was born in Venice, Italy, 16th September 1912 and studied aero naval engineering at the University of Genoa. He founded his company Arteluce in February 1939 and sold it to FLOS in late 1973. Sarfatti retired and decided to live in his house in Griante on Lake Como.
Gino Sarfatti designed nearly 700 lamps for his company and was awarded numerous times for his designs, including the ‘Compasso d’Oro‘ in 1954. His first designs were created before he found his firm, between 1937 and 1939. Sarfatti passed away, 6 March 1985 in Gravedona, Como, Italy.
Today FLOS still produces his famous chandelier model 2097 from 1957 with 18, 30 and 50 light bulbs.
Designers that worked for Arteluce are, among others: Franco Albini, Cini Boeri, Franca Helg, Antonio Macchi Cassia, Carlo Mollino, Vittorio Gregotti, Lodovico Meneghetti, Giotto Stoppino, Ico Parisi, and Massimo Vignelli.
Links (external links open in an new window)
The Ezio Didone Arteluce Ciao 1170 table lamp on the Ezio Didone website
Arteluce in the Moma Museum New York
Gino Sarfatti bio – the FLOS website
Chandelier model 2097 – the FLOS website
Gino Sarfatti fanpage – Facebook
Ezio Didone Pillola spotlight pendant lamp