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Cuboluce Table Lamp

Materials: Cube silver painted plastic, early editions have a Bakelite socket. Switch mechanism by moving the lid.

Height: 11 x 11 cm / 4.33 x 4.33”

Width: 10 x 10 cm / 3.93” x 3.93”

Electricity: 1 bulb E14, 1 x 40 watt maximum, 110/220 volt.
Any type of light bulb can be used. Not a specific one preferred.

Period: 1970s – Mid-Century Modern.

Designer: Studio OPI (Franco Bettonica, Mario Melocchi) in 1972.

Manufacturer: Cini&Nils, Milan, Italy. 

Other Versions: Also made as a big floor lamp (28 x 27 x 27 cm – 10.63”), as you can see below. The floor lamp was only produced in the 1970s. The Cuboluce is still in production and every year new editions appear. Today also produced in a LED version: Cuboled. Since 2018 also a wireless version is for sale. It has a rechargeable lithium-ion 8 hours independent functioning battery.

Cini&Nils 

Cini&Nils was founded in 1969 by Mario Melocchi and Franco Bettonica. In 1972, an idea by Franco Bettonica led to the creation of the Cuboluce. It was an instant success soon followed by derivative products such as the floor lamp, the Cubobar, bathroom and kitchenware and so on. The Cuboluce is one of the best-selling luminaires designed by Cini&Nils and is part of the MoMA collection in New York (Museum of Modern Art).

The idea behind this light was to create a comfortable bedside table lamp. You may easily switch it on by opening the cover and thus, there is no need for searching the switch in the night.

Franco Bettonica (1927 – 1999) was a Milanese architect with a successful career in construction, furniture and industrial design. In 1969, he started as a designer and partner of Cini&Nils and was the firm’s creative director.

Mario Melocchi (1931 – 2013) was born in Parma, also in Italy. He was one of the first in Europe to devote his attentions to packaging design early as in 1958, later gradually evolving to approach product design, where he eventually settled after meeting Franco Bettonica.

Cuboluce Table Lamp 1972 design: Franco Bettonica Mario Melocchi Studio Opi plastic cube Cini&Nils 1970s MCM

Cuboluce Floor Lamp 1972 design: Franco Bettonica Mario Melocchi Studio Opi plastic cube Cini&Nils 1970s MCM