metafisica table lamp

metafisica table lamp

Design Diesel Living by Foscarini, 2013
Blown glass, varnished steel
Made in Italy by Foscarini

A diffuser in blown glass in soft, full form seemingly suspended from a delicate metal cage. This is Metafisica, the new table lamp forged by the Diesel-Foscarini partnership. Mysterious and charismatic even when it is switched off, it assumes yet more body and life when it is switched on to the extent that the diffuser appears to float in the air and flout the laws of gravity. Its warm, absorbing light is made even more sensual by the ivory tones of its blown glass and the precious metal rod cage with a brown finish, matt and dusty, exuded golden highlights. Metafisica is an imposing yet at the same time versatile lamp designed to steal the limelight wherever it is positioned. It is ideal in bedrooms but also for the living room, on a console int he hall or a large desk but also in groups on a hotel receptions desk or the tables in a living room.

20" h | base: 10.5" dia. | diffuser: 14.5" dia. | cord length: 27.5" L | on/off switch: 11.75" from lamp
requires 1x150W E26 type T10 halogen bulb

$1,394.00 + free shipping in the continental U.S.
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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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