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Oluce Atollo Table Lamp  – Model 233

Materials: Maroon metallic painted aluminium mushroom shaped lamp. Round base. Metal rod. The lampshade is white on the inside. Bakelite sockets.

Height: 70 cm / 27.55”

Width: ∅ 50 cm / 19.68”

Base: ∅ 20 cm / 7.87”

Electricity: 2 bulbs E27, 2 x 100 watt maximum, 110/220 volt.
Any type of light bulb with an E27 screw base can be used. Not a specific one preferred.

Period: 1970s – Mid-Century Modern.

Designer: Vico Magistretti (October 6, 1920 – September 19, 2006)

Manufacturer: Oluce, Milan, Italy.

Other versions: The Oluce Atollo table lamp was made in several sizes and materials. Recent and new versions are also made in white crystal hand blown Murano glass.

This is an original of 1977. With the original dimmer. Completely made of aluminium.

Oluce Atollo table lamp model 233 

This is perhaps Vico Magistretti’s most famous lamp. It most effectively sums up his design approach to this kind of object.

The Atollo table lamp is composed of two main parts. Firstly, the pattern of simple geometric figures. It seems to translate the old-fashioned lampshade into a small abstract structure. Thanks to its perfectly balanced overall proportions.

The interplay of the light, which is concealed beneath the cap, leaves the latter in the shade on the outside. While it lights up brightly both the inside and upper conical element of the base from which the vertical cylinder emerges.

This creates both direct and indirect light. Which reflects around the surroundings with various degrees of intensity. The bearing structure and cap are connected by a very thin attachment. It makes the cap look almost as if it is suspended in the air.

Described in 1000 Lights Taschen 2005 Vol.2, page 282-283.

“The extremely pleasant lighting enhances and is enhanced by the simple geometric form of the overall construction. It has no unnecessary frills or features. This characterizes most of Magistretti’s lamps. Elegant proportions and stylistic composure make them perfect “domestic characters”.”

Taken from: “Vico Magistretti architetto e designer” written by Irace Fulvio, Pasca Vanni, (1999), Milano, Mondadori Electa.

For many years, Magistretti was art director and chief designer of the Oluce company. Conferring his unmistakable stamp and a legacy of worldwide recognition. Kuta, Lester. Nara, Idomeneo, Pascal. Dim, Sonora. Snow, and especially Atollo – all became names that instantly called to mind the corresponding product. Atollo even became a sort of template. A graphic silhouette that immediately rendered the concept of a “lamp”.

Artemide – FontanaArte

Vico Magistretti designed many lamps and items for Artemide. You can find them here in the catalogues. The Dalù table lamp. The Eclisse table lamp. The Mezzachimera table lamp. To name a few. He also designed several lamps for FontanaArte. You can also find them here in the catalogues.

Vico Magistretti Foundation

Via Conservatorio, 20, 20122 Milano, Italy

Visit the studio museum and discover more about Vico Magistretti work as designer and architect. The studio museum is open on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. More info on the website of the museum.

For many years now, Atollo has no longer been a lamp, or rather, it has no longer been just a lamp. It has become a myth, an icon. One of the best know symbols of Italian design worldwide. One of the very few products which people recognize and call with its own name.

“Designed by Vico Magistretti in 1977, it was awarded the Compasso d’Oro in 1979. It became, since then, part of the permanent collections of the world’s major museum of design. As well as part of the furniture of many homes of those who love and are able to select the things surrounding them.
Atollo’s secret probably lies in the geometrical construction of its shapes: the cone on the cylinder and the semi-sphere above all. A luminous sculpture from which nothing can be removed to which nothing can be added. And which nothing can copy.”

Marco Romanelli

Drawing taken from the Dutch 1982 book: Chriet Titulaer – Computers. Wat moet je er mee? (Computers. What should you do with it?)  – The office of the future has a computer on every desk (in the year 2000). 

Oluce Atollo Table Lamp 233 - Book - Chriet Titulaar - Computers. Wat moet je er mee?

Lamps in the movies!

The Oluce Atollo table lamp was used as a prop in the 2017 legal drama film Roman J. Israel, Esq. A movie written and directed by Dan Gilroy. Starring Denzel Washington, Colin Farrell, and Carmen Ejogo.

Oluce Atollo Table Lamp - prop - film - Roman J. Israel, Esq. (2017) - Lamps in the movies

The Oluce Atollo table lamp was used as a prop in the 2009 political thriller film The International.  Starring Clive Owen and Naomi Watts.

Oluce Atollo Table lamp - prop - film - The International (2009) - Lamps in the movies