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Arteluce Tikal Table Lamp

Materials: Round conical aluminium base. Glass disc. Round curved white acryl diffuser. Blue acrylic shell. White painted Bakelite E27 socket.

Height: 45 cm / 17.71”

Width: 49 cm / 19.29”

Base: ∅ 19 cm / 7.48”

Electricity: 1 bulb E27, 1 x 150 watt maximum, 110/220 volt. Any type of light bulb can be used. Not a specific one preferred.

Period: 1980s.

Designer: Pier Giuseppe Ramella in 1985.

Manufacturer: Arteluce, Milan, Italy.

Other versions: The Arteluce Tikal table lamp exists in several colours. They are labelled Tikal 1555. The lampshade can rotate 360 degrees. In the USA they were sold with a FLOS label.

Pier Giuseppe Ramella

Pier Giuseppe Ramella graduated in architecture in 1960 at the Politecnico di Milano (Polytechnic University of Milan). He became member of the Order of Architects of Milan in the same year and founded his company Ramella Architetti Associati (Associated Architects).

Besides his company work, Pier Giuseppe Ramella carried out academic activity at the Polytechnics of Venice and Milan in the field of urban planning. He was also mayor of Desenzano del Garda for more than 10 years, the town were he lives in an appartement in a quit street with a view on the famous Lake Garda. It is the largest Italian lake. It is a popular holiday location in northern Italy.

For Arteluce, part of FLOS, he designed several lamps. Among others the Club floor lamp, the Giada table lamp, the Zefiro pendant lamp and this Tikal table lamp.

Today his company Ramella Architetti Associati in Milan is co-run by his daughters Paola and Anna, both graduated in architecture in the 1990s.

Arteluce

Arteluce was a company that specialised in lighting and interior design and was founded by aeronautical engineer and modern lighting pioneer Gino Sarfatti in Milan, Italy in 1936. During World War II, Sarfatti fled to Switzerland. After the war he returned to Milan to restart his company. He designed hundreds of lamps. Designers that worked for the company are among others: Franco Albini, Cini Boeri, Franca Helg, Carlo Mollino, Ico Parisi, and Massimo Vignelli.

In 1974 the company became a division of FLOS. Sarfatti sold his business and retired. More info about the FLOS company can be found over here on Vintageinfo.