AV Mazzega Contemporary Lighting at Euroluce 2013 –
Andrea Mazzega talks about the history of the company.
Two Carlo Nason LT216 table lamps. The big one together with the smallest one. The table lamp on the left is made by Vistosi, you can find it over here.
Links (external links open in a new window)
Mazzega 1946 website – (AV Mazzega today)
Google books: Italian light 1960-1980
La Notte Dei Diavoli – Night of the Devils (1972) – Wikipedia
La Notte Dei Diavoli – Night of the Devils (1972) – IMDb
Carlo Nason LT216 table lamp – small orange version
Carlo Nason AV Mazzega LT216 table lamp – big orange versions
Carlo Nason LT216 Table Lamps
Materials: Round hand blown clear blue flattened crystal Murano glass bases. White opal crystal hand blown glass globe lampshades. Some metal parts. Bakelite E27 sockets.
Height: 53,5 cm / 21.06”
Base: ∅ 31 cm / 12.20”
Electricity: 1 bulb E27, 1 x 60 watt maximum, 110/220 volt.
Any type of light bulb can be used. But a frosted or white/opaque one is preferred.
Period: 1960s, 1970s – Mid-Century Modern.
Designer: Carlo Nason in 1968.
Manufacturer: AV Mazzega, Murano, Italy.
Other versions: These Carlo Nason LT216 table lamps were made in several colours and sizes. Several examples are on display here on Vintageinfo. The smallest is 25 cm (9.84”) high.
The LT216 table lamp was published in the book Italian light 1960-1980: cento lampade della collezione Cortopassi (one hundred lamps from the Cortopassi collection). Written by Paola Palma and Carlo Vannicola and published in 2004. EAN: 9788881258406
A very similar lamp was designed in the 1980s by Eva Englund for Pukeberg, Sweden. It has a more flat base, but it is also a globe in a chalice. You can find it over here.
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.
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. Today the company is named Mazzega 1946.
Designers that worked for AV Mazzega – Mazzega 1946 are among others: Carlo Nason, Aldo Nason, Christophe Pillet, Michele De Lucchi, Giovanni Barbato, Paolo Piva, Sam Baron, Gasmi Chafik, Oriano Favaretto and Riccardo Giovanetti.
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. In the 60s he worked for the family glass works Nason & C.
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 losing his tradition.
From 1965 until 1980 he designed the complete collection of AV Mazzega, that today is an icon of vintage: the creation of the highest quality at the level of its design.
Carlo Nason designed for De Majo, Leucos, Alt Lucialternative, Gallery Vetri D`Arte, Murano Due, Vetreria Vistosi, Vetreria Carlo Moretti, Vetreria Livio Seguso, Gruppo Firme di Vetro di Salzano, Selenova and several other companies.
Not only he designed glass objects, he designed ceramics for Baldelli, ski shoes for Garmont; consultant for Casinos Austria International in Vienna and worked on graphics for several companies.
In 1975 he founded his own company iTRE. Since 2002 the company is owned by FDV Group S.p.A., better known as LEUCOS. Many well-known designers worked for the iTRE company.
Not only is he a designer, he is also passionate about photography. In the 60s and 70s he has won numerous competitions.
Carlo’s work can be found in several museums. The Museum of Modern Art MoMA in New York, USA, the Triennale Design Museum in Milan, Italy. The Corning Museum of Glass in New York has a large collection of his works.
Lamps in the movies!
A big blue LT216 table lamp together with a Medusa floor lamp, also designed by Carlo Nason, was used as a prop in the Italian cult horror film La Notte Dei Diavoli – Night of the Devils from 1972. You can also see these lamps in the movie fragment below.
Many thanks to Frank from Flowermountain.be for the photos and the enthusiasm.