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.
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”).
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.
“…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.
The wiring, plug, switch and socket of this Luciano Vistosi Onfale table lamp were made by VLM Components from Buccinasco near Milan, Italy in the 1970s, early 80s.
VLM Components became famous for the switches they produce since 1968, designed by Achille Castiglioni. You can find them over here.
VLM is part of the Relco Group, founded in 1967. Today they are the owners of the brands Relco, Leuci, Relco Lighting, VLM Components and Segno.