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 new version is made different than the 1970’s 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. If you want an old one, then you have to pay attention to it. Many copies exists, beware!
This lamp is designed in 1965 while travelling in the Milan metro, on the back of a ticket. It 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.
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
Eclipse – Wikipedia
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
L’Etreinte (1969) – IMDb
Artemide Telegono table lamp
Oluce Atollo table lamp
1973 Artemide catalogue
1976 Artemide catalogue
1976 Artemide studioA Catalogue
1992 Artemide catalogue
Other lamps in the movies
1960s Eclipse Table Lamp – copy of the Eclisse
Other eclipse lamps
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 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.