Artemide Nesso Table Lamp
Materials: Orange ABS plastic mushroom lamp with 4 white painted Bakelite sockets.
Height: 34 cm / 13.38”
Width: ∅ 54 cm / 21.25”
Base: ∅ 21 cm / 8.26”
Electricity: 4 bulbs E14, 4 x 20 watt maximum, 110/220 volt.
Any type of light bulb can be used, not a specific one preferred.
Period: 1960s – Mid-Century Modern.
Designer: Giancarlo Mattioli & Gruppo Architetti Urbanisti Città Nuova.
Manufacturer: Artemide S.p.A., Pregnana Milanese, Milan, Italy.
Other versions: Made in many colours and still in production. The first editions were made in polyester. This lamp is from the 1990s. The Nesso table lamp is still in production. The small version is named: Nessino.
Giancarlo Mattioli was born in 1933 in Italy. The Nesso table lamp is his most famous work. It is part of the collection at New York’s Museum of Modern Art and other important museums. The Nesso won the first prize at the Studio Artemide Domus competition in Milan in 1965.
Giancarlo Mattioli formed the Gruppo Architetti Urbanisti Città Nuova together with Pierluigi Cervellati, Umberto Maccaferri, Franco Morelli, Gianpaolo Mazzucato and Mario Zaffagnini in the 1960s.
The Artemide Group is based in Pregnana Milanese, Italy. The company is best known for the Tizio desk lamp designed by Richard Sapper in 1972. The company is also famous for the Tolomeo desk lamp, designed by Michele De Lucchi and Giancarlo Fassina in 1986. Artemide produced many other beautiful lamps en furniture during all those the years.
Designers who have collaborated with Artemide include Mario Botta, Sir Norman Foster, Ettore Sottsass, Enzo Mari, Neil Poulton, Karim Rashid, Giò Ponti and many others.
Artemide Nesso and Nessino table lamps in the 1976 catalogue
Lamps in the movies!
A Nesso table lamp was used as a prop in the Edouard Molinaro comedy film Oscar from 1967. A movie with French comedy actor Louis de Funès (1914-1983). Several other lamps by Raak Amsterdam, Maison Jansen and others were used in this film.
A Nesso table lamp was used as a prop in the Dutch movie De Heineken Ontvoering (The Heineken Kidnapping) from 2011, with Rutger Hauer as Freddy Heineken. Not to be confused with the American film Kidnapping Mr. Heineken with Anthony Hopkins from 2015. Below you can watch the complete movie with many designer lamps. Mr. Heineken was kidnapped in 1983.
An Artemide Nesso table lamp was used as a prop in the French film Le Clan des Siciliens (The Sicilian Clan) from 1969. A gangster movie by Henri Verneuil featuring Alain Delon, Jean Gabin and Lino Ventura.