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Artemide Nesso Table Lamp

Materials: Round curved conical orange ABS plastic base. Mushroom lampshade. Big metal screw. 4 white painted Bakelite E14 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: This Artemide Nesso table lamp exists in many colours. The first editions were made in polyester. This lamp is from the nineties. The Nesso table lamp is still in production. The small version is named: Nessino.

This Artemide Nesso table lamp is designed in 1965. You can find it in the Artemide catalogues from 1973 and 1976, together with the Nessino table lamp.

In Spain these lamps, together with some other Artemide products were sold by the brand Idarco.

Giancarlo Mattioli

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 (MoMA) 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 1960’s.


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

Artemide Nesso and Nessino Table Lamps - Catalogue 1976 - White versions

Lamps in the movies!
 Oscar (1967)

An Artemide 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.

Artemide Nesso Table Lamp used as a prop in Oscar (1967) - Lamps in the movies!

L’Aile ou la Cuisse (1976)

An Artemide Nesso table lamp was used as a prop in the famous French comedy L’Aile ou la Cuisse (The Wing or the Thigh) from 1976, with Louis De Funès and Coluche.

Artemide Nesso table lamp prop in 1976 French film L'Aile ou la Cuisse

De Heineken Ontvoering (2011)

An Artemide 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.

Artemide Nesso table lamp used as a prop in The Heineken Kidnapping (2011) - Lamps in the movies!

Le Clan des Siciliens (1969)

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.

Artemide Nesso Table Lamp used as a prop in the film The Sicilian Clan (1969) - Lamps in the movies!

9 Mois Ferme (2013)

An Artemide Nesso table lamp appears in the 2013 French comedy film 9 Mois Ferme (9 Month Stretch). Starring Sandrine Kiberlain and Albert Dupontel.

Artemide Nesso table lamp used as a prop in the 2013 film 9 Mois Ferme

Kramer vs. Kramer (1979)

An Artemide Nesso table lamp was used as a prop in the 1979 American legal drama film Kramer vs. Kramer. Starring Dustin Hoffman, Meryl Streep and Jane Alexander.

Artemide Nesso table lamp used as a prop in the 1979 film Kramer vs Kramer