cheshire floor lamp

cheshire floor lamp

Design Gamfratesi, 2013
Polycarbonate, metal, zamac
Made in Italy by FontanaArte

Cheshire is a family of table, floor and suspension lamps designed by the Danish/Italian duo GamFratesi. These two designers were inspired by Cheshire Cat for this lamp, the cat described by Carroll in Alice in Wonderland. The cat who follows Alice on her journey is often shown sitting down, waiting for something: this image led to the diffuser, with its curved shape and richly embossed finish.

Cheshire definitely expresses the Nordic imprint of this studio, embracing simplicity and practicality, but it also has a strong ironic feel thanks precisely to the image of this cat. The diffuser is in polycarbonate. For the table and floor versions, it is opaque and diffuses light downwards, while the suspended version has a clear diffuser for an all-round diffusion of light.

The lamp comes in three different colors: black, white and green. Elegant and contemporary, it is suited to both home and contract settings.

13.8" dia. | 57.1" h | requires 1x30W (opal shade) or 3x23W (colored shade) E26 fluorescent bulbs

cheshire floor lamp: $810.00 + free shipping in the continental U.S.
(usually ships in 5-7 days)
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 dÚcor. 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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