Yellow Stilnovo Desk Lamp
Materials: Round grey metal base. Cast iron counterweight inside. Adjustable thick brass rod, joints and parts. Yellow painted round conical aluminium lampshade with perforated round holes. Bakelite E27 socket.
Lampshade: ∅ 23 cm / 9.05”
Height: 50 cm / 19.68” – adjustable
Base: ∅ 16 cm / 6.29”
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: 1950s, 1960s – Mid-Century Modern.
Designer: To be appraised.
Manufacturer: Stilnovo, Milan, Italy.
Other versions: This yellow Stilnovo desk lamp exists in several colours. Also a version with a marble base exists.
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.”
Links (external links open in a new window)
The New Stilnovo – Linea Light website
Stilnovo De Pas, D’Urbino, Lomazzi desk lamp
Many thanks to Lluís from Eclectique Vintage for the photos and the enthusiasm.