Artemide Sintesi Pinza Clamp Lamp
Materials: White painted metal, black painted metal, aluminium, Bakelite socket.
Height: 32 cm / 12.59”
Width: 12 cm / 4.72”
Electricity: 1 bulb E27, 1 x 100 watt maximum, 220 volt.
Any type of light bulb with an E27 socket can be used, not a specific one preferred.
In the first years of production a Cornalux bulb was used. In the 1980s an aluminium diffuser was designed to reduce the costs for the consumer because the Cornalux lamp is expensive.
Period: 1970s – Mid-Century Modern.
Designer: Ernesto Gismondi in 1975.
Manufacturer: Artemide, Pregnana Milanese, near Milan, Italy.
Ernesto Gismondi: born in San Remo, Italy on December 25, 1931. In 1957 he graduated in Aeronautical Engineering at the Milan Polytechnic and in 1959 he gained a degree in Missile Engineering at the Professional School of Engineering in Rome.
Since the beginning of the 1960s he has been devoting to the planning and production of lighting equipment, founding Studio Artemide S.A.S., together with designer Sergio Mazza. He became established as an international designer, participating, as one of the inventors, in “Memphis”, an avant-garde movement that brought about a profound evolution in the design sector and designing many successful appliances for the Group.
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 and the Tolomeo desk lamp, designed by Michele De Lucchi and Giancarlo Fassina in 1986.
Designers who have collaborated with the company include Mario Botta, Sir Norman Foster, Ettore Sottsass, Enzo Mari, Neil Poulton, Karim Rashid, Giò Ponti and many others.
Cornalux Bulb: The Oluce Cornalux with its famous “hammerhead” is symbolic of some of the most famous lamps made by Oluce, such as the “Agnoli 387” designed by Tito Agnoli in 1954 and then in 1965, the “Spider” series by Joe Colombo. The Cornalux lamp is still available.
The first lamp of the Artemide company was the Alfa table lamp (see below the page), designed by Sergio Mazza in 1959, in production from 1960 until today.
Metal structure in opaque nickel-plate; diffuser in crystal glass; base in marble. The metal parts are hand turned. There is an edition from the 1970s with a rosewood base.
Links (external links open in a new window)
The Artemide company website
MoMA: Artemide design – Museum of Modern Art NY
Catalogues by Artemide on Vintageinfo
Artemide lamps on Vintageinfo
Outland (1981) on Wikipedia
Outland (1981) on IMDb
Other lamps in the movies on Vintageinfo
Artemide Sintesi Faretto
Adjustable table, wall or ceiling lamp in lacquered metal in white, blue, red and green. Bulb type: Max 1 x 100 Watt bayonet fitting cornalux.
Adjustable and extendable table or wall lamp in lacquered metal in white, blue, red and green. Bulb type: Max 1 x 100 Watt bayonet fitting cornalux.
The Artemide Sintesi was used as a prop in the 1981 film Outland. A British science fiction thriller written and directed by Peter Hyams. Starring Sean Connery, Peter Boyle and Frances Sternhagen.
Artemide Alfa Table Lamp