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Lumina Duo Table Lamp

Materials: Round black metal base and rod, conical socket holder. Poly-carbonate light yellow lampshade, white diffuser. Bakelite socket.

Height: 69 to 76 cm / 27.16 x 29.92” – adjustable

Lampshade: ∅ 32 x 20 cm / 12.59 x 7.87”

Base: ∅ 21 cm / 8.26”

Electricity: 1 bulb E27, 1 x 60 watt maximum, 110/220 volt.
Any type of light bulb can be used, not a specific one preferred.

Period: 1990s.

Designer: Luciano Balestrini & Paola Longhi.

Manufacturer: LUMINA Italia srl, via Casorezzo, 63, 20010 Arluno (Milan), Italy.

Other versions: The Lumina Duo table lamp is named Duo Tavolo (table). Also a floor lamp exists. It is named Duo. Later versions were made with a halogen light bulb and are designed for 250 watt. These lamps were produced until around 2002. The internal reflector which is connected to the vertical support rod, can be adjusted to obtain two different types of light: direct and indirect. All these lamps are equipped with a dimmer.

This Lumina Duo table lamp in black is a first edition. Later versions are white or nickel plated.

Luciano Balestrini

Luciano Balestrini, born in 1943 is an Italian designer and architect who studied architecture at the Politecnico of Milan (Polytechnic University of Milan), where he graduated in 1966. He designed many lamps, not only for Lumina, but also for Luceplan, another Italian lighting company.

Paola Longhi

Paola Longhi, born in 1948, also graduated in architecture at the Politecnico. Together with Luciano Balestrini she designed a wide range of objects, furniture and lamps.

LUMINA

The Lumina light company was founded in 1975 by Tommaso Cimini (1947-1997) when he designed his famous Daphine table lamp. He designed this lamp made of a transformer and presented it on the Milan Fair in 1974. It was an instant success. Lumina itself started to produced several different lamps as a real lighting firm in 1980. Tommaso Cimini died in an airplane accident in 1997, leaving his company to his business partner and his oldest son Ettore.

Today the company is managed by his sons Ettore and Andrea, who carry on the family business. All lighting is produced in Italy in the plants near Milan in Arluno and is all handmade.

Several lamps are displayed in some of the most famous Museums of Modern Art and Design, such as the Musée d’Arts Décoratifs in Paris, the Brooklyn Museum and the Judd Foundation in New YorkDie Neue Sammlung in Munich and The Israel Museum in Jerusalem.

Designers that worked for the company are amongst others: Walter MoniciTommaso Cimini, Emanuele Rici, Yaacov Kaufman, Francesco Brambilla, Ettore Cimini, Giuseppe Linardi, Foster+Partners.

Many Thanks to Ger for the beautiful pictures and enthusiasm.