magneto floor lamp

magneto floor lamp

magneto floor lamp

Design Giulio Lacchetti, 2011
Lacquered stainless steel, ABS, magnet
Made in Italy by Foscarini

Those who are drawn to functional objects with an essential design will be charmed by magneto, a lamp featuring an invisible power: the magnetic field of a magnet. Indeed, the project focuses on a spherical magnet which combines two simple elements: a support rod with a round base and a compact led light source, similar
to an electric torch or a microphone, affording the utmost versatility of angling and movement along the rod.

Magneto teams the flexibility of a lamp suitable for infinite solutions with absolute formal and functional simplicity. The intense, concentrated and focused light can be directed down onto a small area, such as a book, a magazine, or a computer keyboard, or it can be directed up to create an atmosphere filled with suggestion. Hence, a multitude of usage requirements can be accommodated: from reading to diffused lighting.

Designed to blend in seamlessly with any setting and situation, magneto is available in two sizes, as a table or floor lamp, and in two colors, grey and red, to distinguish different spaces and moments: from offices to lounges, living rooms and bedrooms. At all times featuring a special, strong yet subtle, attractive and seductive personality, in a word: magnetic.

47.2" h | base: 7.9" dia. | light source: 8" L | includes 2,4W 2700º kelvin LED

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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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