Stilnovo Campana Metal Pendant Lamp
Materials: Lampshade in a witch hat, bell shape made of 2 white lacquered aluminium parts. Black cotton cloth covered electrical wire. Bakelite E27 socket.
Cord Length: 70 cm / 27.55”
Height: 25 cm / 9.84”
Width: ∅ 42 cm / 16.53”
Electricity: 1 bulb E27, 1 x 100 watt maximum, 110/220 volt.
Any type of light bulb can be used, not a specific one preferred.
Period: 1970s – Mid-Century Modern.
Designer: To be appraised, some sources say it’s Joe Colombo.
Manufacturer: Stilnovo, Milan, Italy.
Other versions: This Stilnovo Campana metal pendant lamp exists in several colours. Also produced in a big version ( ∅ 63,5 cm / 25.00”). You can find the big version over here.
Campana: This pendant lamp is often named hat or witch hat lamp, but campana is the Italian word for bell.
Joe Colombo designed several lamps for Stilnovo such as the Triedro floor lamp and the Topo desk lamp.
The Stilnovo Campana metal pendant lamp was also sold in Spain by Tramo, without the Stilnovo stamp on top of course. It only has a Tramo label.
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 in 2017 “The Stilnovo Scientific Committee” was 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.”