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Foscarini Lumiere Grande Table Lamp

Materials: Die cast polished aluminium tripod base with silicone caps. White opal hand blown glass mushroom lampshade made of 5 layers. Some metal parts. 3 white plastic E14 sockets. Dimmer on cord.

Height: 45 cm / 17.71”

Width: ∅ 27 cm / 10.62”

Electricity: 3 bulbs E14, 3 x 40 watt maximum, 110/220 volt.
Any type of light bulb can be used. Not a specific one preferred. 

Period: 1990s.

Designer: Rodolfo Dordoni in 1990.

Manufacturer: Foscarini S.p.A., Via Delle Industrie 27, 30020 Marcon, Italy.

Other versions: The Foscarini Lumiere Grande table lamp exists in several colours and sizes. Also a wall lamp and floor lamp exists. Several different lampshades exists. Produced with or without dimmer. Special versions were made over the years. These lamps are still in production, they are one of the bestsellers of the company. Since around 2010 they are made with 48WattG9 LED bulbs.

The full name of this model is Foscarini Lumiere 05 Grande Tavolo, as labeled.

Rodolfo Dordoni

Rodolfo Dordoni was born in Milan, Italy in 1954. He studied architecture at the Politechnic University in Milan where he graduated in 1979.

After graduating he worked for architectural firms and developed further as an architect, interior designer and product designer.

He designed lighting for Arteluce, Artemide, FLOS, FontanaArte, Kartell, Venini and several others.

Dordoni Architetti, a studio Rodolfo Dordoni founded in Milan together with Luca Zaniboni and Alessandro Acerbi. It is currently made up of a team of about twenty architects and designers.

The Dordoni Architetti studio deals with architectural and interior design, in particular by carrying out projects in the residential and commercial areas, for work spaces such as offices and showrooms, for the exhibition sector as well as for the hotel and nautical sectors.


The Italian Foscarini company was founded in 1981 in Murano. They started with lighting for the contract sector. In 1983 the first catalogue op design lamps appeared. The first external designers, Adam Tihany and Joseph Mancini started in 1985. Carlo Urbinati and Allesandro Vecchiato entered the firm as designers in 1988 and became the new owners.

Rodolfo Dordoni designed the Lumiere table lamp in 1990. It was the first big succes for the company. The complete history of the company can be found on their website.

Designers that worked for Foscarini are, among others: Lievore Altherr Molina, Werner Aisslinger, Atelier Oï, Valerio Bottin, Changedesign, Aldo Cibic, Designwork, Tom Dixon, Rodolfo Dordoni, Patricia Urquiola + Eliana Gerotto, Odoardo Fioravanti, Jozeph Forakis, Enrico Franzolini, Giampietro Gai, Massimo Gardone, Giulio Iacchetti, Vicente Garcia Jimenez, Defne Koz, Lagranja Design, Ferruccio Laviani, Giovanni Levanti, Jean Marie Massaud, Alessandra Matilde, Nendo, Luca Nichetto, Ludovica+Roberto Palomba, Simon Pengelly, Lucidi & Pevere. Karim Rashid, Marc Sadler, Studio Baruffi & De Santi, Studio Kairos, Pio + Tito Toso, Ionna Vautrin, Urbinati Ricci + Vecchiato and Marco Zito.

Lamps in the movies
Absolutely Fabulous (1992 – 2005)

Two yellow-green Foscarini Lumiere Grande table lamps were used as a prop in the 2003 British television sitcom Absolutely Fabulous. Here in season 5, episode 8. Starring Jennifer Saunders, Joanna Lumley and Julia Sawalha.

Foscarini Lumiere Grande table lamp prop 2003 TV series Absolutely Fabulous (S5E8)

Wallander (2008)

A Foscarini Lumiere Grande table lamp was used as a prop in the 2008 British TV series Wallander. Here in season 1, episode 1. Starring Kenneth BranaghSarah Smart and Tom Hiddleston. Many other lamps appear in this series.

Foscarini Lumiere Grande table lamp used as a prop in the 2008 Wallander TV Series S1E2

Dix Pour Cent (2015 – 2019)

A Foscarini Lumiere Grande table lamp was used as a prop in the French TV series Dix Pour Cent (10%). English title: Call My Agent. In this episode, season 2, episode 5 from 2017, the guest star is Guy Marchand.

Foscarini Lumiere Grande table lamp used as a prop in Dix Pour Cent, Call My Agent TV Series 2017 S2E5