Joe Colombo Spider Floor Lamp
Materials: Round red flat metal base. Chrome rod. Adjustable rectangular lampshade. Some metal & plastic parts. B22 socket.
Height: 145 cm / 57.08”
Lampshade: 22 x 10 cm / 8.66 x 3.93”
Base: ∅ 23 cm / 9.05”
Electricity: 1 bulb B22, 1 x 75 watt maximum, 110/220 volt.
Any type of light bulb with an B22 screw base can be used, but a Hammerhead light bulb is preferred.
Period: 1960s – Mid-Century Modern.
Designer: Joe Colombo in 1965.
Manufacturer: Oluce, Via Brescia, 2, 20097, San Donato Milan, Italy.
Other versions: The Joe Colombo Spider floor lamp exists in several colours and variations. Also made as wall lamps, clamp lamps, desk lamps, ceiling lamps.
The Spider lamp series received a design award in 1967, the
Compasso d’Oro ADI Milano.
Today a LED version exists of the Hammerhead light bulb. You can buy it over here at Bol.com.
Joe Cesare Colombo
Joe Colombo was born in 1930 in Milan, Italy and went to school at the Brera Academy of Fine Arts (Accademia di Belle Arti di Brera), where he studied painting and sculpture. Until 1954 he studied Architecture at Politecnico di Milano (Polytechnic University of Milan).
A year later, in 1955 Colombo joined the Art Concept Group, and gave up his painting to promote his design career.
Colombo had to take over the family company in 1959, which produced electric appliances. He started to experiment with new construction and production technologies and in 1962 Colombo opened his own interior design and architecture projects.
Joe Colombo designed products for Kartell, Alessi, Bieffe, Boffi, Flexform, and of course Oluce.
One of his most famous lamps is the Topo. Made as a floor lamp, clamp lamp, desk lamp and table lamp and produced by Stilnovo in the 1970s.
Joe Colombo passed away in 1971 on his birthday. He was only 41 years old.
The Oluce or O-Luce company was founded in 1945 by Giuseppe Ostuni. It is the oldest Italian design company in the illumination sector still in operation today. The company received numerous awards over the years.
Designers that worked for the company, are among others: Achille, Livio and Pier Giacomo Castiglioni, Franco Buzzi, Joe and Gianni Colombo, Marco Zanuso, Tito Agnoli, Angeletti & Ruzza, Antonia Astori & Nicola De Ponti, Bruno Gecchelin, Stefano Casciani, Francesco Rota, Victor Vasilev, Ferdi Giardini, Vico Magistretti and many others.
The complete O-Luce history can be found on their website.
A Joe Colombo Spider clamp lamp was used as a prop in the 2016 French dystopian science fiction film Arès. Starring Ola Rapace, Micha Lescot and Thierry Hancisse.