Bilia Table Lamp
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Design by Gio Ponti, 1931.
Made in Italy.
Designed as one of the first designs for what would become FontanaArte. In the early 20th century, steel construction was becoming more prevalent, allowing for bigger and more windows in structures. This lead to the need for float glass to be provided quickly and consistently. Seeing the production advancements in float glass technology along with the ability to also produce hand crafted blown glass, Gio Ponti and Pietro Chiesa approached the Luigi Fontana Company to manufacture their designs for the home which could be mass produced but with an Italian artisan craftsmanship. The Bilia was one of these first designs and went into production in 1932. The Bilia remains as relevant today as it was in 1931, and is a signature piece of both FontanaArte and Gio Ponti.
Table lamp for diffused ambient illumination. The base is brushed nickel metal frame, and topped with a satin blown white glass globe. Transparent cord with on/off switch.
Material(s): Glass, Metal
Dimensions: 7.8"D X 16.9"H
Lamp Type: INCANDESCENT
Bulbs: 1 X 60W 120V E12 (candelabra base) B10 incandescent lamp (not included).
Architect Gio Ponti founded FontanaArte in 1932 as an artistic division of the Luigi Fontana Company. Historically, the company has been a leader in advanced glass manufacturing and design. The company's works were first distinguished by its realization of artistic stained-glass windows, many of which are today still functional elements and ornamental features of churches and cathedrals, among them the Duomo of Milan and the Cathedral of Brasilia. By using glass, Ponti realized what an enormous potential this material could offer in the in the making of furnishing complements for interiors, and he started to design and produce furniture, lamps and objects with glass as the main distinguishing feature. Soon a new collection was ready to be marketed, and his new design concept was being used as a complement to the interior decoration of many houses that he personally designed. Over the years, FontanaArte has had many contributors to its designs, including Pietro Chiesa, Gae Aulenti, Pierluigi Cerri, Piero Castiglioni, Vico Magistretti, Vittorio Gregotti, Ettore Sottsass, Umberto Riva, Alvaro Siza and Renzo Piano.
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