Artemide Eclisse Table Lamp
Materials: Red painted aluminium globe on top of a half round base. White aluminium globe inside. Ball-bearing inside the lamp. Black plastic bottom. Some iron parts. Bakelite 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. The new version however is made different and to be honest, it is not beautifully made. 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. If you want an old one, then you have to pay attention to it.
This lamp is designed in 1967. You can find it in the Artemide 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 themin 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.
Links (external links open in a new window)
Vico Magistretti – Wikipedia
Interview with Vico Magistretti on the Designboom website
Article in The Guardian about Vico Magistretti
The Artemide Eclisse table lamp in the MoMA Museum New York
The Eclisse table lamp on the website of Artemide
Mosaik Verlag GmbH
Le Clan des Siciliens – The Sicilian Clan (1969) – Wikipedia
Le Clan des Siciliens – The Sicilian Clan (1969) – IMDb
The Pink Panther Strikes Again (1976) – Wikipedia
The Pink Panther Strikes Again (1976) – IMDb
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
New and old 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.