Poliarte Wall Lamps
Materials: Amber and white pulegoso square crystal glass blocks. Stainless steel. Metal and porcelain sockets. Also produced with Bakelite sockets in the 1970s.
Height: 27,4 cm / 10.78”
Width: 11,2 cm / 4.40”
Depth: 7 cm / 2.75”
Electricity: 3 x 40 watt bulb E14, 110/220 volt.
Any type of light bulb can be used, but preferably a silver bowl/cup light bulb.
Period: 1960s, 1970s – Mid Century Modern.
Designer: Albano Poli (born 1935).
Manufacturer: Poliarte, Verona, Italy.
Other versions: Made in many colours, versions and sizes; table lamps, ceiling lamps, flush mounts, floor lamps.
These lamps are often attributed to Angelo Brotto, but that’s not true. Angelo Brotto designed lighting for the Italian Esperia company. Some lamps are more or less in the same style.
Pulegoso: Italian word taken from the dialect word pulega, which means bubble. The glass is containing numerous bubbles of all sizes, produced by adding bicarbonate/soda, gasoline, or other substances to the glass. The bubbles make the glass semi-opaque and give the surface an irregular texture. The technique was developed in the 1920s by Napoleone Martinuzzi (1892-1977) on the island of Murano, Italy and used for the first time by the famous Venini company.
Albano Poli founded Poliarte in 1968 as an innovative and experimental lighting company. Poliarte was based near Verona, Italy. Albano Poli designed and produced lights with a team of some 30 craftsmen in no more than hundreds for each model.
His typical style was combining stainless steel (Inox) or raw metal to modular compositions of glass elements. Such as cubes, rods and plates. The final effect was a three-dimensional lighting object.
The Poliarte company no longer exists. Today Albano Poli still creates stained glass windows.