Luciano Vistosi Onfale Table Lamp
Materials: Round white opal hand blown tubular base. Some metal and plastic parts. White opal hand blown crystal Murano glass mushroom lampshade with a clear glass rim. Made in 1 piece. White painted Bakelite E14 socket.
Height: 26 cm / 10.23”
Width: ∅ 20 cm / 7.87”
Base: ∅ 10 cm / 3.93”
Electricity: 1 bulb E14, 1 x 40 watt maximum, 110/220 volt.
Any type of light bulb can be used. Preferably a white or frosted one.
Period: 1970s – Mid-Century Modern.
Designer: Luciano Vistosi (1931-2010) in 1978.
Manufacturer: Artemide, Pregnana Milanese, near Milan, Italy – Leucos, Murano, Italy.
Other versions: The Luciano Vistosi Onfale table lamp exists in 3 versions. 44 cm, 34,5 and 26 cm high. (17.32”, 13.58” and 10.23”).
A pendant lamp and wall lamp were also made.
The Onfale table lamp was designed for Artemide in Italy in 1978. It is in production ever since. This one is a first edition, to see on the wiring made by VLM Components.
The Onfale table lamps are produced by Leucos for Artemide. Sometimes you find them with the 048 Murano label of the company.
“…At home, I rarely heard anyone speak of sculpture: we would only talk about painting. And yet, the forms were there: they were created every day in the furnace. I might say that I have always thought three-dimensionally, in a sculptural way.” (Luciano Vistosi, 2003)
Born February 24th, 1931 on the Murano Island, Luciano Vistosi was constantly searching for absolute designs, leading him to put quality of materials first, closely followed by style. He had a strong belief that drawings were only the starting point of a design, eventually leading to the creation of his glass sculptures. Luciano held a vast number of solo exhibitions and took part in various exhibitions around the globe. He passed away in Venice on May 14th 2010.
The Artemide Group is based in Pregnana Milanese, Italy. Artemide was founded by Ernesto Gismondi and Sergio Mazza in 1960.
The company is best known for the Tizio desk lamp designed by Richard Sapper in 1972 and the Tolomeo desk lamp, designed by Michele De Lucchi and Giancarlo Fassina in 1986.
Designers who have collaborated with the company include Mario Botta, Sir Norman Foster, Ettore Sottsass, Enzo Mari, Neil Poulton, Karim Rashid, Giò Ponti and many others.
Lamps in the movies!
A Luciano Vistosi Onfale table lamp was used as a prop in the 2021 Italian film Appunti Di Un Venditore Di Donne (Notes Of A Female Salesman). Starring Mario Sgueglia, Miriam Dalmazio and Libero De Rienzo. Many other Italian lamps appear in this movie.
A Luciano Vistosi Onfale table lamp was used as a prop in the 2013 Italian film La Migliore Offerta (The Best Offer). Starring Geoffrey Rush, Jim Sturgess and Sylvia Hoeks.