AV Mazzega Birillo Floor Lamp
Materials: White/opaque Murano hand blown crystal glass. Chromed metal (iron) ring. Two Bakelite sockets.
Height: 102 cm / 40.15”
Width: ∅ 34 cm / 13.38”
Electricity: 2 bulbs E27, 2 x 60 watt maximum, 110/220 volt.
Any type of light bulb can be used, but a white/opaque or frosted one is preferred.
Period: 1960s – Mid-Century Modern.
Designer: Carlo Nason in 1968.
Some sources say that it’s Sergio Mazzega who designed this lamp for Vistosi, but that is not true.
Manufacturer: AV Mazzega, Murano Italy.
Other versions: Different sizes and colours. Many variations were designed.
Birillo: Italian word for bowling pin or cone.
All these lamps are hand blown and therefore all unique with a little difference in height and width. In the later editions of the 1970s the top and bottom illuminate independently or both together using the floor foot switch.
AV Mazzega was founded in 1946 by Angelo Vittorio Mazzega. In 1950 his son Gianni Bruno Mazzega started working in the family’s glass factory. Gianni Bruno Mazzega is responsible for the creation of many beautiful lamps, maybe this one.
Today, under the watchful eye of Andrea Mazzega, grandson of Angelo Vittorio, the company works together with high-level international designers. Andrea is the president of the company since 2000.
Born in Murano in 1935 he grew up in one of the oldest families of Murano glass makers where experts introduced him to the most refined techniques. He quickly started to collaborate with other glass workshops, with special attention for modern design and achieving a combination of technique and craftsmanship which characterizes all his projects.
Carlo has always shown an attitude for innovation without loosing his tradition.
He has chosen AV Mazzega most of all in the 70s and 80s to develop all the collection, that today is an icon of vintage: the creation of the highest quality at the level of its design.
A huge collection, somewhere in Belgium
AV Mazzega Birillo Floor Lamp – Orange and White
Many thanks to Marc for the picture of the orange lamp.