Leucos Melaina Pendant Lamp
Materials: Hand blown crystal Murano glass. Black and clear glass on the outside, white on the inside. Aluminium, chromed iron and brass parts. Steel cable. Bakelite socket.
Cord Length: 80 cm / 31.49’’
Height: 20 cm / 14.17”
Width: ∅ 65 cm / 25.5”
Electricity: 1 bulb E27, 1 x 75 watt maximum, 110/220 volt.
Any type of light bulb with an E27 screw base can be used. For this lamp preferable a globe light bulb and/or a silver cup/bowl light bulb.
Period: 1960s – Mid-Century Modern.
Designer: Renato Toso.
Manufacturer: Leucos, Venice. Today located at Salzano, Italy, 25 km from Venice. Via delle industrie, 16/b, 30030 Salzano.
Other versions: The Leucos Melaina pendant lamp also exists in white.
The Leucos Melania pendant lamp was designed by Renato Toso in 1968.
The Leucos company was founded in 1962 in Scorzè in the outskirts of Venice. Later they moved to the neighborhood of Salzano, some 25 kilometers from the legendary city. Leucos soon became an important producer in glass decorative lighting.
Designers that worked for Leucos were and are amongst others: Carlo Nason, Roberto Pamio, Eva Zeisel, Mauro Marzollo, Paolo Crepax. Jorge Pensi, Roberto Paoli, the Rockwell Group. Paolo de Lucchi, Carmen Ferrara, and many others.
Text from their website: “Architects and designers, from diverse cultural backgrounds, have always found and still find in LEUCOS an excellent company able to merge an experienced glass craftsmanship with industrial processes and the most reliable technologies.”
Renato Toso, Noti Massari & Associates
The company Renato Toso, Noti Massari & Associates was founded in 1996 and consists of Renato, Noti Massari and children Anna, Marco, Pio and Tito Toso.
Mister Toso was born in Murano (Venice, Italy) in 1940. He helped to establish an associated architectural and design studio along with Roberto Pamio and Noti Massari (1939).
Working on public projects as well as with some of the most qualified companies (Artemide, Estel, Leucos, Stilwood, Rossi di Albizzate, Frighetto, Fly Line, North Sailes, Henry Lloyd, Venini, Cattelan Italia, Ali, Alpi, Formica). They develop stands, exhibitions, stores and offices for different companies, taking care of their image and graphics.
The Renato Toso, Noti Massari & Associates company received many awards. Among which are the 1st Prize at the national competition Tercas architecture 14th edition, 2000. The 1st Prize at the competition Young & design 2005, Selection I.Dot 2004-2005. The Award “Interzum-Kohl“, “IBD-Award-USA“. And the 1st Prize for the lighting project “Il cielo in una stanza” (The sky in a room).
Their works have been exhibited in museums around the world. Among which are the Palazzo Grassi in Venice. The Louvre in Paris and the MOMA in New York.