Luigi Pellegrin Architect – Lifetime Achievement Award – October 2000
The Italian Candle company was located in Milan, Italy. The company had also affiliates in Rome and Turin. Designers that worked for the company, were amongst others: M. Ferrari, Jonathan De Pas, Donato D’Urbino, Paolo Lomazzi, A. Fornaroli, G. Botturi, S. Lo Bianco – Bocola, and many others.
In 1993 FontanaArte acquired the company. It became an additional corporate division that could come up with a collection specifically for younger people. Upcoming designers were hired to offer the market quality at a more competitive price.
Designers were: Fernando and Humberto Campana, Giorgio and Max Pajetta, Riccardo Giovanetti, Francesco Gobbi, Luciano Pagani and Angelo Perversi, Charles Williams, Jonathan Daifuku, Silvio Caputo, Tim Power, Pierluigi Cerri, Christophe Pillet and so on…
But also well known designers such as Vico Magistretti and Sergio Asti made their contribution.
The name Candle is no longer in use. All lighting is by FontanaArte.
Luigi Pellegrin Desk Lamp
Materials: White painted metal, chromed metal, white painted Bakelite socket.
Height: 30.5 cm / 12.00”
Width: 30 cm / 11.81”
Base: ∅ 20 cm / 7.87”
Electricity: 1 bulb E14, 1 x 60 watt max, 110 – 220 volt.
Any type of light bulb can be used, but a small one is preferred.
Period: 1970s – Mid-Century Modern.
Designer: Luigi Pellegrin (1925-2001) and Leonardo Fiori (1926-2008).
Manufacturer: Candle, Via Salaino 7, Milan, Italy.
Luigi Pellegrin was born in Courcelette, France in 1925 and died in Rome, Italy in 2001.
He designed this lamp, model D804 in 1974 (some source say 1972), during the works of construction of the Foggia library in the Apulia (Puglia) region of southern Italy together with Leonardo Fiori. He also designed all the furniture and other lamps for the renewed library. Luigi Pellegrin is among the greatest exponents of organic architecture.
Luigi Pellegrin is internationally most famous for the seating he designed for the Italian company MIM (Mobili Italiani Moderni – Italian Modern Furniture), where the young Luigi was mentored by the famous Ico Parisi who founded the MIM company.
“The architect is not a professional, he is an entity chosen by the social group to view and build the level of quality achieved by that group; realized then that the body will function as an incubator, organizing in positive exchanges the real conflicts of the moment ” – Luigi Pellegrin.
Links (external links open in a new window)
Foggia Library website
Foggia Libary on Wikipedia
Luigi Pellegrin on Wikipedia
Luigi Pellegrin bio
Villa La Sfacciata on Wikipedia
Gallery of the Academy of Florence on Wikipedia
Candle – FontanaArte history on the FontanaArte website
Candle 1970s catalogue on Vintageinfo
FontanaArte – Candle (1957–2000) catalogue on Vintageinfo
Many thanks to Andrea Sarzi Braga for his contribution and the photos.