birdie table lamp

birdie table lamp

birdie table lamp

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

Birdie is a reading lamp, with dimmer, in aluminum, stainless steel and polycarbonate. The four colors - white, orange, grey, amaranth - determine the personality of the lamp. The diffuser produces illumination for the surface below and effective reflected lighting upwards. Available as a table lamp in two sizes or floor versions. Birdie small table lamp is offered with or without touch dimmer and Birdie large table lamp comes with touch dimmer included.

Ludovica + Roberto Palomba are a group of architects and designers based in Milan, Italy. 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
requires 1x70W E26 type T10 halogen or 1x20W E26 dimmable compact fluorescent

Birdie: 27.5" h | base: 9.9" dia. | shade: 11.5" h
requires 1x150W E26 type T10 halogen or 1x20W E26 dimmable compact fluorescent

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


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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