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Arteluce Tikal Table Lamp

Materials: Round black conical aluminium base. Blue glass disc, frosted on the back. Round curved white acryl diffuser. Grey  acrylic shell on the back. 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.

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.