Design by Gae Aulenti and Piero Castiglioni, 1980.
A classic design that fuses 3 glass technologies in its production. The float glass base with blown glass diffuser which FontanaArte was historically known for, is brought together with a borosilicate glass stem. Borosilicate glass was and is mostly used for labware. For lighting design, it is used in lamps and lamp covers - but prior to the Parola borosilicate glass was not something used as a decorative element in any lighting or furniture. So it brought a mix of modern glass usage along with the history of FontanaArte's manufacturing.
Parola provides diffused ambient as well as direct accent illumination. Choose from white or amber glass diffuser. The cord has a braided black and white cloth cover and in-line dimmer.
Material(s): blown glass
Dimensions: 7.8"D X 20.8"H
Lamp Type: halogen
Bulbs: 1 X 150W 120V E11 (mini-can) T4 halogen lamp (not included)
Models: UM2658 V2689
Piero Castiglioni, born in Lierna, Italy in 1944, started his career in the 1970's, working together with his father Livio, when the first halogen light bulbs were being introduced. Through this, he developed the Scintilla lighting system along with several lighting projects and custom lighting designs. Throughout his career he has had numerous commissions to design the lighting of important museums, historical city centers, new urban developments, monuments, parks, and gardens. These commissions have let to the collaboration with other architects, which has helped him develop new lighting systems and their production and marketing. He has received numerous design awards throughout his career and his lighting designs are still extremely popular to this day.
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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