Ezio Didone Arteluce Ciao Table Lamp – Model 1170
Materials: Black painted metal vacuum cleaner style base, painted with wrinkle paint. Black painted aluminium parts. 2 black painted sliders with red plastic covers. Black plasticised gooseneck. Adjustable black painted rectangular lampshade, also painted with wrinkle paint. Red decorative plastic handles. Aluminium reflector. Transformer 220 volt to 12 volt inside the base. Porcelain socket.
Height: 30 cm / 15.75” – adjustable
Lampshade: 9 x 8 cm / 13.78”
Base: 14 x 12.5 cm / 2.95 x 2.95”
Electricity: 1 bulb G4, 1 x 20 watt maximum, 12 volt.
Any type of light bulb can be used, not a specific one preferred.
Designer: Ezio Didone in 1983.
Manufacturer: Arteluce, Milan, Italy.
Other versions: This Ezio Didone Arteluce Ciao table lamp has all the looks of a sledge vacuum cleaner. It was produced in a few variations. Made with different sliders and in several colours; white, red, green… A white version can be found here.
Ezzio Didone designed several lamps in this style, the Desk and Jolly, all for Arteluce. You can find them on his website.
Also a version was made with a B15s light bulb, as you can see. It is unclear if it is a first edition or it was the cheaper version. Halogen lamps were invented and used a long time before these lamps were made.
These desk or table lamps were also intended as wall lamps.
Architect Ezio Didone was born August 21, 1939 in Milan, Italy. He graduated in architecture at the Milan Polytechnic (Politecnico di Milano) in 1967, with a thesis on Industrial Design.
His first years of professional activity were at the architect Frattini’s office. In 1970 he opened his own studio in Milan, dealing with Industrial Design, advertising graphics and architecture. From 1971 to 1975 he was part of the DAM group (Designers Associati Milano) with Studio G.14 and architect Colombi.
He designed lamps, handles, decorative objects, household items, cutlery, chairs, tables, furniture, fabrics, electronic products, technical lamps and so on. He also designed several dimmers for Relco.
Ezio Didone received many awards, among others a design award for the Diva lamp produced by Arteluce (Flos) in 1987.
Arteluce was a company that specialises in lighting and interior design and was founded by aeronautical engineer and modern lighting pioneer Gino Sarfatti in Milan, Italy in 1936. In 1974 the company became a division of FLOS. More info about FLOS can be found over here on Vintageinfo.