FontanaArte Passion Table Lamp
Materials: Flat round nickel-plated base, rod and parts. Round conical hand blown white opal frosted glass lampshade. Porcelain socket.
Height: 36 cm / 14.17”
Width: ∅ 20 cm / 7.87”
Electricity: 1 halogen bulb G9, 1 x 60 watt maximum, 110/220 volt.
Any type of halogen bulb can be used, not a specific one preferred.
Designer: Studio Beretta Associati in 2004.
Manufacturer: FontanaArte S.p.A., Alzaia Trieste, 49, 20094 Corsico, near Milan, Italy.
Other versions: This FontanaArte Passion table lamp exists in 3 sizes, as you can see in the catalogue picture. Also a floor lamp exists.
Studio Beretta Associati
Studio Beretta Associati was founded by Gianmaria and Roberto Beretta in 1964 in Milan, Italy. The company is active in many fields including Headquarters and offices, residential complexes, architectural restoration, touristic and leisure industry, infrastructures and services, retail and interior design. Some 30 people, including architects, work for the company.
FontanaArte was founded in Milan in 1932 by Luigi Fontana and Giò Ponti (1891 – 1979). The company is known for the processing of curved glass and for the production of lighting equipment, becoming over the years a prominent name for Italian design.
Giò Ponti invites Pietro Chiesa (1892 – 1942) to join him in the art direction. Chiesa is a distinguished glass master who enlists the craftsmen from his own workshop to join him to the company. Gio Ponti designed the 0024 pendant lamp and the Bilia table lamp in 1931.
Pietro Chiesa’s most famous lamp at that time is the Luminator, designed in 1933, in 1937 the 006.
In 1954, Max Ingrand, a French glass master and decorator, renowned for his stunning stained-glass church windows, becomes the art director. He designed the Fontana table lamp.
Gio Ponti becomes again art director in 1967 and he designs a new collection of lamps, the Pirellina and Pirellone table lamps.
Gae Aulenti becomes the art director in 1979. Her first move is to makeover the collection. She is flanked by Piero Castiglioni, Pierluigi Cerri, Daniela Puppa and Franco Raggi. The Parola table lamp is born in 1980.
In 1993 FontanaArte acquires Candle, another Italian lighting brand.
The list of designers that worked for the company is infinite. You can find the majority over here on the FontanaArte website.