Bitossi Horse Table Lamp
Materials: Orange and black enamelled ceramics hors base. Brass rod. Fabric pagoda lampshade. Bakelite E27 socket.
Total height: 70 cm / 27.55”
Height: 40 cm / 15.74”
Width: 20 cm / 7.87”
Length: 43 cm / 16.92”
Electricity: 1 bulb E27, 1 x 60 watt maximum, 110/220 volt.
Any type of light bulb can be used. Not a specific one preferred.
Period: 1960s, 1970s.
Designer: Aldo Londi (1911-2003).
Manufacturer: Bitossi Ceramiche Srl, Via A. Gramsci 16, 50056 Montelupo Fiorentino, Firenze, Italy.
Other versions: This Bitossi horse table lamp exists in several colours. These lamps were made from the sixties until the seventies.
Maioliche artistiche Guido Bitossi
In 1921 Guido Bitossi founded his company Maioliche artistiche Guido Bitossi (Guido Bitossi artistic majolica) a few kilometers away from the city of Florence in Montelupo Fiorentino.
After World War II, in 1946 Aldo Londi joined the company. a man with an innate creative and aesthetic sense, and a keen eye to the changes in the taste and the uniqueness of the Italian ceramics.
Londi worked for more than 50 years for the company. First as a painter, then as artistic director, and finally as tireless researcher of styles and examples to be emulated.
One of the most famous designers that worked for Bitossi was Ettore Sottsass Jr. (1917-2007). He started designing ceramics in 1955. A great number of experiments and collections have been designed by the architect over the years.
Other designers that worked for the company: Antonella Cimatti, Arik Levy, Benjamin Hubert, Cedric Ragot, Dimorestudio, Elma Lisowski-Choung, Fabio Novembre, George Sowden, Gerard Taylor, Karim Rashid, Laura Bethan Wood, Luisa Bocchietto, Mario Ferrarini, Marco Zanini, Martine Bedine, Massimo Giacon, Matteo Thun, Max Lamb, Michele de Lucchi, Monica Föster, Nathalie du Pasquier, P. Palma & C. Vannicola, Piero Fornasetti, Remo Buti, and Ronon & Erwan Bouroullec.
All the electric parts were made by VLM Components. The company was founded in 1945 in Buccinasco, a small village near Milan, Italy. The company became famous for the switches they produce since 1968, designed by Achille Castiglioni. You can find them over here. Today VLM is part of the Relco Group, founded in 1967. They are the owners of the brands Relco, Leuci, Relco Lighting, VLM and Segno.
Bitossi ceramics collection – design Aldo Londi
Links (external links open in a new window)
Aldo Londi – Rimini Blu collection – Bitossi website
Ettore Sottsass collection – Bitossi website
Another Bitossi table lamp, completely different.
Many thanks to Tinneke for the beautiful pictures and the enthusiasm.