Three-Armed Floor Lamp by Angelo Lelii for Arredoluce 1950s
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Angelo Lelii for Arredoluce, floor lamp, metal, brass, Italy, 1950s
This iconic floor lamp was designed by Angelo Lelli and manufactured by Arredoluce, Italy in 1950. This lamp was a symbol of the 1950s, due to its fixtures. It was designed in the wake of Lelli’s technical growth. This lamp has a brass base with 3 arms, and it has colored lacquered shades. The lamp is in very good original condition and has a nice patina from age and use.
Paolo Angelo Lelii was born in Ancona, lived and worked in Monza. From 1943 he started manufacturing lamps in his own house and in 1946 he advertised his well-known 'Tris' lamp in Domus magazine.
It was in 1947 that he founded Arredoluce, a premier manufacturer of furniture and lighting, in Monza. In the same year, he exhibited the lamp 12128 at the VII Triennale di Milano, which became known as the Triennale floor lamp.
He became an influential designer in Postwar Italy, especially in the field of modern lighting design. During the 1950s, Arredoluce started to collaborate with designers such as Franco Albini, Achille Castiglioni, Gio Ponti, and Ettore Sottsass and also started to experiment with halogen light bulbs for his designs, which lead to the recognizable Arredoluce switch.
Thanks to Angelo Lelii’s unique approach to design, Arredoluce quickly built a reputation for creating premium quality products based on clean, simple, and functional designs.
Literature: Pansera, Anty, Alessandro Padoan and Alessandro Palmaghini. Arredoluce. Catalogo Ragionato, 1943-1987. Catalogue Raisonné. Milan: Silvana Editoriale, 2018, p. 280.