bilia table lamp

bilia table lamp

bilia table lamp

Design Gio Ponti, 1931
Brushed nickel-plated metal, satin blown glass
Made in Italy by FontanaArte

Bilia table lamp, now offered by Fontana Arte, was originally designed in 1931 by Gio Ponti. The construction methods and details of this lamp keep with the design theories of Ponti's work. Bilia features a brushed nickel-plated metal frame and a satin blown white glass diffuser, providing diffused light. A classic and elegant lamp that provides a warm glow to any space.

Born in Milan in 1891, Gio Ponti obtained his degree in architecture from the "Politecnico" University of Milan. In 1926 he founded the magazine "Domus" and thanks to this magazine that he lead until his death in 1979, he was able to cultivate relationships with the worlds most important architects and designers such as Charles Eames and Tapio Wirkkala. In 1931 he artistically lead the Luigi Fontana Company and, along with Pietro Chiesa, founded FontanaArte. He has taught at the "Politecnico" University of Milan. His achievements and in particular his educational path lead him to receive various awards including the Golden Compass.

16.9" h | base: 7.8" dia.
requires 1x60w (B10) incandescent

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The Fontana Arte company was formed in 1932 by Gio Ponti under the parent company Luigi Fontana, a leader in advanced glass manufacturing and design. Ponti was a skilled artist in many trades as well as the editor of Domus magazine. He had an intuition to use glass as a distinguishing feature in furniture, lamps and objects. Already designing homes, he could employ this concept in the interior décor. Fontana Arte produced many ornate stained-glass windows in churches, cathedrals, and palaces, including the Duomo of Milan and the Cathedral of Brasilia. Years later, the company has built a name collaborating with respected designers and architects. Fontana Arte continues to evolve and reach out to work with more designers and other companies.
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