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Max Ingrand Style Pendant Lamp

Materials: Long brass rod, circle and parts. 2 curved frosted glass discs lampshade with cut circles. Bakelite E27 socket.

Rod Length: 80 cm / 31.49”

Width: ∅ 24 cm / 9.44”

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:  To be appraised.

Manufacturer: To be appraised.

Other versions: This Max Ingrand style pendant lamp exists in all probability as a wall lamp.

This pendant lamp is reminiscent to the FontanaArte, Veca and Cristal Art lamps, al Italian companies.

Max Ingrand designed several lamps in this style, all for FontanaArte. Also made with a brass rod and circle, but with green cut glass. Pietro Chiesa, his colleague at FontanaArte designed several other lamps in this style. It almost became the trademark for the company.

In 1992 the Nubi pendant lamp was designed by Metis Lighting, also for FontanaArte. It is also made with two bowl-shaped glass discs. The Nobi exists as a pendant lamp, wall lamp and floor lamp.

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FontanaArte was founded in Milan in 1932 by Luigi Fontana and Giò Ponti (1891 – 1979). The company is known for the processing of curved glass and for the production of lighting equipment, becoming over the years a prominent name for Italian design.

Giò Ponti invites Pietro Chiesa (1892 – 1942) to join him in the art direction. Chiesa is a distinguished glass master who enlists the craftsmen from his own workshop to join him to the company. Gio Ponti designed the 0024 pendant lamp and the Bilia table lamp in 1931.

Pietro Chiesa’s most famous lamp at that time is the Luminator, designed in 1933, in 1937 the 006.

In 1954Max Ingrand, a French glass master and decorator, renowned for his stunning stained-glass church windows, becomes the art director. He designed the Fontana table lamp.

Gio Ponti becomes again art director in 1967 and he designs a new collection of lamps, the Pirellina and Pirellone table lamps.

Gae Aulenti becomes the art director in 1979. Her first move is to makeover the collection. She is flanked by Piero CastiglioniPierluigi CerriDaniela Puppa and Franco Raggi. The Parola table lamp is born in 1980.

In 1993 FontanaArte acquires Candle, another Italian lighting brand.

The list of designers that worked for the company is infinite. You can find the majority over here on the FontanaArte website.

Many thanks to Frank from for the photos and the enthusiasm.