The Oluce Atollo Table Lamp, design By Vico Magistretti. TL105
Posted on November 04 2016
Vico Magistretti (October 6, 1920 - September 19, 2006) was an Italian industrial designer, known as a furniture designer and architect. A collaborator of humanist architect Ernesto Nathan Rogers, one of Magistretti's first projects was the "poetic" round church in the experimental Milan neighborhood of QT8. He later designed mass-produced appliances and furniture for companies such as Cassina S.p.A., and won several awards, including the Gold Medal of the Chartered Society of Industrial Artists & Designers in 1986.
The Atollo Table Lamp designed by Vico Magistretti in 1977, it was awarded the Compasso d'Oro in 1979 and became, since then, part of the permanent collections of the world's major museum of design, as well as part of the furniture of many homes of those who love and are able to select the things surrounding them. The combination of different geometric forms offers the characteristic look to Atollo and it makes it unmistakeable. The cylindrical body of the lamp rests on top of a spherical base out of aluminium being surrounded by a half-round lampshade.
The opal glass Atollo table lamp is easily the most beautiful lamp and truly a work of art. For many years now, Atollo has no longer been a lamp, or rather, it has no longer been just a lamp. It has become a myth, an icon: one of the best know symbols of Italian design wordwide, one of the very few products which people recognise and call with its own name.