Lamperti Pelota Desk Lamp
Materials: Curved black plastic lampshade. White layer of plastic on the inside. Chromed metal (iron) perforated front plate. Some small metal parts. Bakelite E14 socket.
Height: 31.75 cm / 12.50”
Width: 22.86 cm / 9”
Electricity: 1 bulb E14, 1 x 40 watt maximum, 110/220 volt.
Any type of light bulb can be used, not a specific one preferred.
Period: 1970s – Mid-Century Modern.
Designer: Studio D.A.: Cesare Maria Casati and Carlo Emanuele Ponzio in 1971.
Manufacturer: Lamperti, Robbiata, Como, Italy.
Other versions: The Lamperti Pelota desk lamp exists in many colours, but was only made in one size.
The name Pelota originates from a Bask (Spain) ball game that is 400 years old, called pelota vasca. Pilota in the original Basque language also pelota vasca in Spanish; pelote basque in French. The pelota is known to be the hardest ball of any sport. It is roughly 3/4 the size of a baseball and is harder than a rock. It’s not the ball, but the throwing stick called xistera or chistéra that looks the same as this lamp. Wikipedia (link opens in a new window): Basque pelota
The game is called pelota vasca in Spain but the Western Hemisphere name of Jai-alai, which is Basque for “merry festival”, was given when it was introduced in Cuba. More info on this website: www.jai-alai.info (link opens in a new window)
Studio D.A. was founded by Cesare Maria Casati (1936 – 2015) and Carlo Emanuele Ponzio (1923 – 2015) in Milan, Italy. More information and a biography on their website: www.studioda.it (link opens in a new window).
The Lamperti company was founded in 1948 and ended business somewhere in the nineties. Not much information to be found about it, unfortunately.
An American company with the name Lamperti Associates exists. It was founded in 1965 by Al Lamperti and is located in San Rafael, California. They are furniture makers and the company is still active.
Studio D.A. designed many beautiful lamps such as the Pillola (pill) table lamp for Ponteur in 1968 and the Disco pendant and table lamp for Design House (Harvey Guzzini). You can find the Disco pendant lamp over here. Many important design companies have collaborated with Studio D.A.. Including Venini, Martinelli Luce, Raak, Harvey Guzzini, Candle (FontanaArte), Comfort, Abet Print and Arflex.