Stilnovo Buonanotte Bedside Lamps
Materials: Ocher/yellow painted metal (iron). White opal glass globe. 4 chrome rivets for the moving caps. Metal spring. Black plastic bottom plate. Bakelite socket.
Height: 19 cm / 15.74”
Width: 16,5 cm / 17.32”
Electricity: 1 bulb E14, 1 x 40 watt maximum, 110/220 volt.
Any type of light bulb can be used, not a specific one preferred. For opal glass use white, opal or frosted glass light bulbs for the best result.
Period: 1960s, 1970s – Mid-Century Modern.
Designer: Giovanni Luigi Gorgoni in 1965.
Manufacturer: Stilnovo, Milan, Italy.
Other versions: The Buonanotte (goodnight) desk lamps were made in several colours. Today back in production in the colours red, blue, white and yellow.
Giovanni Luigi Gorgoni
Architect Giovanni Luigi Gorgoni studied at the Politecnico University in Milan. From the beginning he was an independent freelance professional. He designed buildings and interiors in the whole world, designed furniture and of course lamps. He created for Stilnovo, Fidenza Vetraria, Turri and several others. He worked for Roche Bobois in Paris for many years. In 2007 he obtained the VIA award of the French Association of Industries and Designers.
Founded in Milan in 1946 by Bruno Gatta, Stilnovo was one of the most important lighting company’s of Italy in the post World War II industry.
Stilnovo worked with a large number of leading designers, including Gaetano Sciolari, Joe Colombo, Gae Aulenti, Alberto Fraser, Ettore Sottsass, Danilo & Corrado Aroldi, Cini Boeri, Jonathan De Pas, Donato D’Urbino, Paolo Lomazzi, Antonio Macchi Cassia, Roberto Beretta and so on. The company ended business in 1988.
All Stilnovo lamps are marked with the Stilnovo name; many early pieces also include the original sticker “Stilnovo Milan”.
The new Stilnovo
The company is long gone but today “The Stilnovo Scientific Committee” is formed. The members are: Decio G.R. Carugati, Roberto Fiorato, Francesco Morace, Danilo Premoli, Franco Pagliarini and Andrea Cucci. The company is named: Stilnovo Italia Srl.
Text from the new Stilnovo website:
“In order to pick up the traces of Stilnovo and bring them into the future a Scientific Committee was formed. The team has already produced a Manifest with its definition of guidelines and necessary criteria for future creations. With indications for ideas about the identity of a brand name which does not ignore its historical past: on the contrary, it is exalted.
The recreation of important iconic pieces and the use of new stimuli of Italian and international design in order to create completely new pieces represent just some of the plans for Stilnovo, which in themselves will bring new stimuli and lively collaboration among craftsmen and planners in order to guarantee as always 100% Made in Italy products.”