La Murrina Zodiaco Desk Lamp
Materials: Round black anthracite base with a built-in transformer 220 – 12 volt. Two curved chrome rods. Round black anthracite lampshade. 1 thick hand blown glass disc with the cancer zodiac sing and 1 small disc on top. Porcelain socket.
Height: 43 cm / 16.92”
Lampshade: ∅ 9 cm / 3.54”
Base: ∅ 14 cm / 5.51”
Electricity: 1 bulb G4, 1 x 20 watt maximum, 12 volt.
Any type of light bulb can be used, not a specific one preferred.
Period: 1980s, 1990s.
Designer: To be appraised.
Manufacturer: La Murrina, Murano Italy.
Other versions: This La Murrina Zodiaco desk lamp exists in several varieties and off course in 12 versions, one for each zodiac sing.
The lampshade is revolving and also the lamp itself is rotatable.
At some point, zodiac lamps became a popular item on Murano. Also Carlo Nason designed a range of lamps for his company iTRE.
The La Murrina company was founded in the 1960s as a small business started by a group of glass-worker masters. In 1974, La Murrina was bought by a family from Milan. Today they are located at Via Isonzo, 26, 22078 Turate (Co), Italy. The furnace is still on the Murano island and located at Riva Longa, 17 – Murano Venice, Italy.
Lino Tagliapietra is the most well known designer of the company. He designed numerous lamps and objects for La Murrina in the seventies.
“I don’t invent anything new; I personalise something … and that makes it something that nobody has done before.”
Links (external links open in a new window)
History of the La Murrina company
Murano glass blowing – Wikipedia
The glass museum on the Murano island
Striped table lamp with a lampshade