Artimeta Lugano Tripod Cocoon Floor Lamp
Materials: Tripod base made of a metal frame in black painted iron wire rods, with a handle on top. Elongated plastic Cocoon lampshade. 2 Bakelite E27 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: 1960s – 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 in 1960. Artimeta not only produced lighting, they also made furniture. The company also sold lamps made by Vistosi, Venini, Stilnovo and several other famous companies. Quality was always important. Also French designer Mathieu Matégot created several items for Artimeta.
After the bankruptcy, the company got a restart under the name Art Light. Today the Artimeta name is back in use and they are importer, producer and distributor of design lighting. Today the are located in Amstenrade.
Friedel Wauer who is credited by Flos for devising the technology of spraying this plastic 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 had 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!