Birdie Table Lamp

birdie table lamp

birdie table lamp

Design Ludovica + Roberto Palomba, 2011
polycarbonate, varnished steel
Made in Italy by Foscarini

The slim stem recalls the trunk of a tree, its shade is a reinterpretation of the classic reading lamp, while the branch, as if ready for a "birdie" to alight, beckons your touch, turning it on or off. These three elements spontaneously coalesce to give life to a friendly lamp, that combines a smooth and familiar structure with a boldly character. Made with sturdy yet lightweight materials, Birdie has a different personality, depending on the color: in white, it can be discreet and almost invisible, but in amaranth, orange or grey it becomes more of a prima donna playing the starring role of a room. There are two sizes available for the table lamp, designed to blend in easily with the surroundings. Whether beside an armchair or a sofa in the living room, on the desk in a study, on a bedside table, or in any other room of the house, Birdie fits in naturally and accompanies everyday life with a pleasantly stylish presence.

Birdie table lamp offers diffused light. Die cast zinc alloy base and steel rod, both liquid coated. Opaline injection-molded polycarbonate internal diffuser, translucent injection-molded polycarbonate external diffuser. In the large version and in the small version with touch dimmer, the sensor is located on the tip of the rod arm and allows the gradual adjustment of the luminous intensity; electronic transformer on the transparent cable. In the small version without dimmer, the on/off switch is located on the transparent cable.

Ludovica + Roberto Palomba are a group of architects and designers based in Milan, Italy. They have received numerous international awards for their design & architecture. They primarily deal with architecture, industrial design, exhibit design, art direction, communications and marketing consulting.

Birdie piccola: 19.25" h | base: 6.75" dia. | shade: 8" h | 4.41 lbs.
requires 1x70W E26 type T10 halogen or 1x20W E26 LED bulb | dimmer minimum bulb output 60W

Birdie grande: 27.5" h | base: 9.9" dia. | shade: 11.5" h | 8.82 lbs.
requires 1x150W E26 type T10 halogen or 1x26W E26 LED bulb | dimmer minimum bulb output 60W

$533.00 + free shipping in the continental U.S.
(usually ships in 7 days)


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Riccardo Olivieri set up Foscarini Spa in Murano in 1981. Two years later, they debuted their catalog, with lamps from Carlo Urbinati and Allesandro Vecchiato, who would become the company’s managers by 1988. Eventually these new owners would move the company off the island and into Venice, as well as transition Foscarini from a glassworks shop to a major design competitor. They had already begun working with external designers in 1985, but their first success came in 1990 with Rodolfo Dordoni’s “Lumiere.” Most all lighting projects were made of glass until 1993, at which point the Havana lamp primarily used polyethylene, making it lighter, more cost-effective, and able to be used indoors and outdoors. It now resides in the MoMA in New York. Other successful lamps would come to define the company, such as the “Mite & Tite” series by Marc Sadler in 2000 (which earned a Compasso d’oro), Patricia Urquiola’s 2005 “Caboche,” and Marc Sadler’s signature lamp "Twiggy."




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