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Cicindela Chrome Floor Lamp

Materials: Black flat round metal (iron) base. 2 thick long chromed metal (iron) tubes. White acrylic diffusers. Some metal parts. 3 Bakelite E27 sockets.

Height: 225 cm / 88.58”

Tubes: ∅ 12 cm / 4.72”

Base: ∅ 40 cm / 15.74”

Electricity: 3 bulbs E27. 3 x 60 watt maximum, 110/220 volt.
Any type of light bulb can be used. Not a specific one preferred. 

Period: 1970s – Mid-Century Modern.

Designers: Angelo Cortesi and Sergio Chiappa-Cattò in 1970.

Manufacturer: Form e Superfici, Turin, Italy.

Other versions: The Cicindela chrome floor lamp exists in several sizes and materials. Some lamps are presented as aluminium floor lamps. This floor lamp is model C20.

Cicindela: common tiger beetles.

Angelo Cortesi

Angelo Cortesi was born in Asola, in the north of Italy in April 1938. He is a designer and architect and he has created over 100 architectural projects with his company La Cortesi Design. He has given lectures in various countries in the world and he also teaches industrial design of public premises and facility at the Polytechnic University of Milan.

La Cortesi Design srl. is based in Milan and specialises in product design, in the tertiary sector and in architecture and has collaborated with the studios: Benati, Gregotti, G14, B.G.

Angelo Cortesi is also the Chairman and C.E.O. of Compagnia Italiana Progetto s.a.s. and Deputy Chairman of RED, a consortium with 11 member companies in the engineering, architecture and environment sectors.

Cortesi has been chairman of the A.D.I. (Associazione per il Disegno Industriale), founded in 1956. He is a permanent member of the jury of the Koizumi Prize in Tokyo and a consultant of the Japan Design Foundation in Osaka, and he is Chairman of the Jury of the SMAU Prize.

Awards: Compasso d’Oro, Bio Gold Medal Ljubljana, The Neocom Award in Chicago. Gold Medal at Buenos Aires, Gran Prix d’Architecture.

Cortesi Design has designed for: Boch, Brentano, Cerdisa, Clementoni, Diesis, Delso, Fiam, Faber Castell, Fiat, First, Form e Superfici, Herman Miller, Insa, Kartell, Kenmore, Kotobuki, Lualdi, Marugo, Panasonic, Parker, Poliform, Shindler, TER, Toppan, Turikan, Valenti, WMF and many others.

Sergio Chiappa-Cattò

Sergio Chiappa-Cattò is an Italian artist who was born in 1930. Not much information to be found about him. He designed several lamps together with  Angelo Cortesi for Form e Superfici (Forms and Surfaces) in the early 70s. Several lamps are presented in the book Warman’s Modernism Furniture and Acessories: Identification and Price Guide. It is no longer published online by Google Books.

Other publications: Fulvio Ferrari and Napoleone Ferrari, Light: Lamps 1968-1973: The New Italian Design. Germano Celant, Charlotte and Peter Fiell, Domus, Vol. 7 1970-1974. Italian Light 1960-1980 – One hundred lamps from the Cortopassi collection, page 92. And of course in a catalogue of Form e Superfici.

Form e Superfici

The Form e Superfici company no longer exists. It was presumably active for a short while in the late 60s and 70s. 

Many thanks to Hans from Objeta for the beautiful pictures, information and enthusiasm.