Artimeta Lugano Tripod Cocoon Floor Lamp
Materials: Metal frame made of black painted iron rods. Plastic “Cocoon”. 2 Bakelite sockets.
Height: 110 cm / 43.30”
Width: ∅ 23 cm / 9.05”
Electricity: 2 bulbs E27, 2 x 75 watt maximum, 110/220 volt. Any type of light bulb can be used, not a specific one preferred.
Period: 1950s – Mid-Century Modern.
Designer: H. Klingele.
Manufacturer: Artimeta, Soest, The Netherlands.
Other versions: This Artimeta Lugano tripod cocoon floor lamp was made in several versions.
It is often suggested that the plastic used for these lamps was made of pig’s bladder, but that’s a hoax, of course.
Artimeta was founded by Floris H. Fiedeldij. The company was active in the period 1950s – 1970s. The famous French designer Mathieu Matégot created many items for Artimeta. After the bankruptcy, the company got a restart under the name Art Light. The company no longer exists.
Friedel Wauer who is credited by Flos for devising the technology of spraying the material onto iron frames, was inspired by the “self-wrapping” of a silkworm, hence the naming “Cocoon”. More info about the company can be found here on Vintageinfo.
The first designer who used this kind of material is George Nelson in 1947 for his Bubble Hanging Lights. The technique was been developed for mothballing naval ships. George Nelson referred to these lights as “one of those happy accidents which occur all too infrequently in the designer’s experience”.
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How these lamps are made by Eisenkeil for Flos, impressive video!