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A Rare 'Siluro' Floor Lamp

A Rare 'Siluro' Floor Lamp
executed by Arredoluce, Monza, tinted methacrylite, brass, painted metal, fluorescent tubes
transfer label 'Arredoluce Monza, Made in Italy'
73 ½ in. (186.5 cm.) high

Designed 1957, this example produced circa 1960.

This lot is sold with a certificate of expertise from the Gio Ponti Archives, Milan.
Private Collection, New York, circa 1960.
280 Modern, New York.
Private Collection, New York.
From where acquired by the present owner.
Prototype for the XI Milan Triennale illustrated:
Domus, no. 337, December 1957, pp. 31-36.
L. Licitra Ponti, Gio Ponti: The Complete Work 1923-1978, London 1990, p. 197.
U. La Pietra (ed.), Gio Ponti, Milan 1995, p. 248, pl. 521.
M. Romanelli (ed.), Gio Ponti: A World, exh. cat., London, Design Museum, 2002, p. 68.
A. Bassi, Italian Lighting Design 1945-2000, Milan 2004, p. 82.
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Lot Essay

The present example is a rare variation of the Siluro [Torpedo] floor lamp originally exhibited by Gio Ponti at the XI Milan Triennale of 1957 and that subsequently entered limited production with Angelo Lelli’s manufacturing company, Arredoluce, to which the latter acted as design director. The three lighting designs exhibited were amongst Ponti’s first to utilise coloured acrylic shades, and were supported on thin, tubular metal supports to match the associated furnishings perfectly capturing the style of the 1950s to invoke a ‘planetary deep space’ iconography (op. cit. Bassi, p. 79). Of these three designs, the floor lamp capitalised upon the ambient luminescence provided by fluorescent tube lighting, a new medium that had already found appreciation with pioneering lighting designer Gino Sarfatti some years earlier. The elongated, tapering profile of the lamp references the aerodynamics of a projectile yet importantly also invokes the cherished form of the obelisk, a motif that remained persistent throughout Ponti’s oeuvre. Both the prototype and the normal production example of the Siluro featured an open frame of either chromed steel or brass that supported the paired acrylic shades, normally in a colour-combination of either black and white, or yellow and white. This example, by repute originally supplied to a client in New York around 1960, is fitted with shades of yellow and red to deliver dramatic luminescence, and
features a rocket-styled platform that reveals Lelli's influence. No other examples of this variation have been recorded, consequently this example, which retains the manufacturer’s transfer label, may be considered to be a unique, custom variation.

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