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Artemide Telegono Table Lamp

Materials: Base made of curved orange ABS plastic. White half round globe lampshade, diffuser. Some metal and plastic parts. Bakelite E14 socket.

Height: 40 cm / 15.74”

Width: 27 cm / 10.62”

Electricity: 1 bulb E14, 1 x 40 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 Telegono table lamp was initially made in white, red and black and made in two versions. Made as a desk lamp with a pencil box and as a table lamp without a pencil box. Over the years many colours were produced.

Telegono or Telegonus, was the youngest son of Circe and Odysseus in Greek mythology.

Vico Magistretti

Vico Magistretti, born October 6, 1920 in Milan, Italy was an Italian industrial designer, furniture designer, light designer and architect. He graduated from the Politecnico di Milano University in 1945.

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. His most famous table lamp, the Oluce Atollo can be found over here on Vintageinfo.

Magistretti designed for Artemide, Cassina, De Padova, Flou, Fritz hansen, Kartell, Oluce and Schiffini.

Below the translated text from the Memomi website following a documentary that was made in 2016 and aired on Sky Arte HD on 19 September 2006, exactly ten years after the passing of Vico Magistretti. A Sky Arte HD production made with the collaboration of the Magistretti Foundation. You can watch it on their website (in Italian).

An elegant dandy, a refined classicist, designer and architect who has shaped the Milanese urban landscape, a lover of English culture and golf. Author of icons that have made history, Vico Magistretti has always pursued a simplicity that he called “the most complicated thing in the world”.

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:

Artemide Telegono Table Lamp - 1971 IKEA Catalogue Picture

Lamps in the movies!

An Artemide Telegono table lamp was used as a prop in the French film Les Garçons et Guillaume, à Table! from 2013. (Me, Myself and Mum) An autobiographical comedy written, directed by and starring Guillaume Gallienne.

Artemide Telegono Table Lamp used as a prop in the film Les Garçons et Guillaume à Table! (2013)

An Artemide Telegono table lamp was used as a prop in the 1969 Belgian fantasy film Palaver directed by Emile Degelin. Starring Umberto Bettencourt and Christie Dermie.

Artemide Telegono table lamp used as a prop in the film Palaver (1969)