Arteluce Pao T2 Table Lamp
Materials: Round frosted glass base. Conical teak wood rod. Metal lampshade holder. Opal oval mushroom lampshade. Porcelain halogen lamp socket.
Height: 55 cm / 21.65”
Width: ∅ 34 cm / 13.38”
Base: ∅ 19 cm / 7.48”
Electricity: 1 bulb G 6.35, 1 x 75 watt maximum, 12 volt – 220 volt. Any type of halogen bulb can be used. Not a specific one preferred.
Period: 1990s, 2000s.
Designer: Matteo Thun in 1991.
Manufacturer: Arteluce, FLOS, Italy.
Other versions: This Arteluce Pao T2 table lamp exists in 2 versions, the other one is Pao T1, a smaller version. Also made as a floor lamp (Pao F) and wall lamp (Pao W). A lamp with the same base, but with a different lampshade is named Appia.
Designed in 1991, according to the Matteo Thun website, in production since 1993, according the Arteluce catalogue.
Matteo Thun, born as Mathäus Antonius Maria Graf von Thun and Hohenstein, on 17 June 1952 in Bolzano, Italy is an Italian architect and designer.
Thun studied at the Salzburg Academy in Germany and graduated in 1975 from his architectural studies at the Florence University in Italy. He graduated cum laude with a degree in Architecture.
In 1978 Matteo Thun moved to Milan, were he met Ettore Sottsass. In 1981 Thun co-founded Sottsass Associati and the Memphis Group.
His own studio Matteo Thun & Partners together with Antonio Rodriguez started in 1984 and Thun began to work for Swatch. He became the art director in the period 1990 to 1993. From 1983 until 2000 Matteo Thun was design and ceramics professor at the University of Applied Arts (Fachhochschule) in Vienna, Austria.
He designed lighting for among others: Anthologie Quartett, Arteluce, Artemide, Belux, Bieffeplast, FLOS, iGuzzini, Leucos, Panzeri, Simes, Strolz, Tronconi, Zumtobel and his own company Matteo Thun Atelier.
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, Massimo Vignelli and Paolo Rizzatto.