Stilnovo Lampiatta Table Lamp
Materials: Curved red plastic (ABS) base. Cast iron counterweight inside. White painted round aluminium lampshade. Black Bakelite top and socket.
Lampshade: ∅ 28 cm / 11.02”
Height Base: 24,5 cm / 9.64”
Width Base: 12 cm / 4.72”
Total Height: 37 cm / 14.56” (total height in normal position)
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: 1970s – Mid-Century Modern.
Designer: Jonathan De Pas, Donato D’Urbino, Paolo Lomazzi.
Manufacturer: Stilnovo, Milan, Italy.
Other versions: The Stilnovo Lampiatta table lamp or desk lamp exists in black, white and red. Also made as a pendant lamp in two sizes. Early versions have a VLM switch 450, designed by Achille Castiglioni. Later editions have different switches, all made by VLM.
The Lampiatta table lamp was produced for many years, probably until the end of the Stilnovo company as we can learn from the switches that were used. Since 2017 the lamp is back in production in a slightly different size by the new Stilnovo company.
The Lampiatta table lamp can also be used as a wall lamp. A recess is provided.
The base is marked on the inside (moulded) with “Lampiatta, design De Pas d’Urbino Lomazzi, Stilnovo, Made in Italy”.
A table or desk lamp with a similar lampshade also exists. It was also designed by this trio for Stilnovo. It has a chrome curved rod. You can find it over here on Vintageinfo.
Jonathan De Pas (1932-1991), Donato D’Urbino (1935) and Paolo Lomazzi (1936) started working together in 1966 when they founded their design studio DDL – De Pas, D’Urbino, Lomazzi in Milan, Italy. After the death of Jonathan de Pas in 1991, the DDL design studio became Studio D’Urbino Lomazzi. The trio is most famous for their furniture design. The inflatable Blow armchair for Zanotta and the seat Joe for Poltronova in the shape of a baseball glove, to name a few. It was a tribute to the famous American baseball player Joe di Maggio.
Their works are present in exhibitions and museums of all over the world, from the Triennale Design Museum in Milan to the MoMA in New York. Studio D’Urbino Lomazzi had a website, it is gone since 2018. It was located at: www.durbinolomazzi.it. The studio was located at Corso XXII Marzo 39, Milan. In 2018, the ADI (Association for Industrial Design) awards designers Donato D’Urbino and Paolo Lomazzi with the Compasso d’Oro career award.
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.”
All the electric parts were made by VLM Components. VLM Components was founded in 1945 in Buccinasco, a small village near Milan, Italy. VLM Components is part of the Relco Group, founded in 1967. Today they are the owners of the brands Relco, Leuci, Relco Lighting, VLM Components and Segno. The switch on this table lamp is model 450; the small model of the famous switch designed by Achille Castiglioni in 1968.