Design by Sergio Asti, 1968.
The idea was to design a group of lamps entirely of one material. The simple shape, a play on Japanese Daruma dolls, gives a timeless look and allows the light to have a very warm illumination throughout.
Daruma is available in three sizes. Diffuser and cap are both in polished white blown glass. Provides decorative and ambient illumination. On/off switch is located on the cord.
Exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art, New York.
Material(s): blown glass
Lamp Type: incandescent
Models: U5028 U5028/2 U5028/4
An Italian architect and designer and graduate of Politecnico di Milano, Sergio Asti established a studio in MIlan in 1953. He became a founding member of ADI (Associazione per il Disegno Industriale - "Industrial Design Association") which is an association of hundreds of Italian design manufactures whose focus is to promote Italian design and philosophy. He has designed furniture, lighitng, glassware, wood products, ceramics, electrical appliances, interiors, stores and exhibitions, and has lectured widely. Asti has received numerous prizes, including the 1962 Compasso d'Oro.
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.
Love the Daruma!
I bought 2 (medium and large) and placed on a project to get light and sculpture in a key focal area. The client was thrilled with the results!
By: Scott W., Designer (Chicago)
classic modern design
i have to differ with the other comment. if you want perfection buy from china. this lamp is hand blow italian design. you pay extra for the fact that it is not perfect but hand made. this lamp is also documented in MOMA's permanent collection so details for the lamp are consistent with the original design. hey I am going to stick with MOMA's recommendation of a fixture the consider worthy of part of their collection.
By: Otis R., Homeowner (georgia)
Disappointing and would not recommend.
Product is significantly overpriced for the design; it does not appear "high end," and is largely indistinguishable from a less expensive light. The light depends on a simple design with glass; the glass received had an irregular blow line that is very distracting. The electrical cord should be less obvious, and the lamp should come standard with a dimmer switch (instead of on/off switch).
By: Brian D., Homeowner (Washington DC)
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