Artemide Eclisse Table Lamp
Materials: Red painted aluminium globe on top of a half round base. White aluminium half globe inside, adjustable and used as diffuser. Ball-bearing inside the lamp. Black plastic bottom. Some iron parts. Bakelite E14 socket.
Height: 17,8 cm / 7”
Width: ∅ 11,4 cm / 4.48”
Electricity: 1 bulb E14, 1 x 25 watt maximum, 110/220 volt.
Any type of light bulb can be used, not a specific one preferred.
Period: 1960s, 1970s – Mid-Century Modern.
Designer: Vico Magistretti (1920 – 2006).
Manufacturer: Artemide, Pregnana Milanese, Milan, Italy.
Other versions: The Artemide Eclisse table lamp was made in many colours and it is still in production. Made in small varieties over the years. For instance, also sold with white painted smooth Bakelite socket in stead of this socket with a screw base.
The version made after 2000 is made different than the 1970s version (this one). In between the moving white part en the lamp itself is a black plastic part as you can see below. It is used as replacement for the ball-bearing inside.
Luckily Artemide decided in 2021 to make these lamps back as the original.
Several copies exists of the Eclisse, beware!
This lamp is designed in 1965 while travelling in the Milan metro, on the back of a ticket. Magistretti was inspired by the description of a lantern in the book Les Misérables by Victor Hugo.
The Eclisse went in production in 1966. You can find the Artemide Eclisse table lamp in the catalogue from 1973 here on Vintageinfo: Artemide catalogue 1973 page 1. It can also be used as a wall lamp, a recess is provided: Artemide catalogue 1973 page 3.
Vico Magistretti was an Italian industrial designer, furniture designer, light designer and architect. He also designed another famous table lamp, the Oluce Atollo. You can find it here on Vintageinfo.
Vico Magistretti designed many lamps and items for Artemide. You can find them in the catalogues, here on Vintageinfo. The Dalù table lamp. The Eclisse table lamp. The Mezzachimera table lamp. To name a few. He also designed several lamps for FontanaArte. You can also find them in the catalogues section of Vintageinfo.
Vico Magistretti Foundation
Via Conservatorio, 20, 20122 Milano, Italy
Visit the studio museum and discover more about Vico Magistretti work as designer and architect. The museum is open on Tuesday, on Thursday and on Saturday. More info on their website: http://www.vicomagistretti.it/en/museum/practical
2000s version and 1970s together
The Mignon version on batteries
The Artemide Eclisse table or wall lamp in the 1977 book Het grote handboek voor “beter wonen”. (The big manual for “better living”) Compiled by Roland Göök and published by Uitgeverij Helmond (The Netherlands) and Uitgeverij Heideland-Orbis (Belgium). The original book is German: Schöner Wohnen – Das große praktische Einrichtungsbuch. Published by Mosaik Verlag GmbH, Munich, in 1976.
This book is easy to find in second hand shops, charity shops or even an antiquarian for a few euros. Many other lamps appear in it.