Martinelli Luce Serpente Table Lamp
Materials: White painted metal (aluminium). White acrylic lampshade. Some metal parts. Swivel arm. Black plastic lid on the bottom of the base with the complete description. Bakelite socket.
Height: 45 cm / 17.71”
Width: ∅ 45 cm / 17.71”
Base: ∅ 23 cm / 9.05”
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: 1960s – Mid-Century Modern.
Designer: Elio Martinelli (1921-2004) in 1965.
Manufacturer: Martinelli Luce S.P.A. (Società per azioni – Joint-stock company), Via Santa Lucia, 9, 55100 Lucca, Italy. Some 80 km (50 miles) away from Florence and 20 km (13 miles) from Pisa.
Other versions: In production since 1965 until today and during the years produced in slight variations and colours. For instance, for the 50th birthday of this lamp a gold coloured metal with white acrylic diffuser was designed. The table lamp is model 599 and the floor lamp is model 2131.
Martinelli Luce was founded in 1950 by Elio Martinelli. He focused originally on interior design and on lamps for retail outlets, hotels, restaurants, and public houses. Designers that worked for the company: Adolini+Simonini Associati, Gae Aulenti, Sergio Asti, Michel Bouquillon, Marco De Santi – Studio Natural, Angelo Micheli, Studio Orlandini, Luc Ramael, Karim Rashid, Marc Sadler, Studio Lucchi & Biserni, Brian Sironi, Studio 4P1B and many others.
Elio Martinelli was born in Lucca, Tuscany in 1921. He studied as a set designer at the Institute of Fine Arts in Florence. At first he worked for his father’s business within the lighting sector. Soon he began designing and installing his own lighting systems what resulted in the founding of his own company Martinelli Luce in 1950.
Elio Martinelli designed many famous lamps, many of them are still in production. The Biconica (1987), Duemiladuecentocinquanta (2250 in Italian – 1986), Le Rondini (1984), Foglia (1969), Cono (1980), Blow (1980), Out (1984), Tube (1977), Poliedro (1962), Flex (1969), Gomito (1974), Nuvole Vagabonde (1999), Serpente (1965), Elmetto (1976) and the Cobra (as you can see on the left, in 1968), to name the most important.
His works are on display in many design museums around the world. Martinelli worked until his dead in 2004 for the company.
The Martinelli Luce Serpente floor lamp appears in the book of German furniture maker Hülsta: Vorbildlich Wohnen 6 (exemplary living) from 1980.
A Martinelli Luce Serpente table lamp appears in the Milano Salono Del Mobile – 22-29 September 1968 – Catalogue 6 (Furniture expo in Milan, Italy)