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Gem Table Lamp

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gem table lamp

gem table lamp

Design Ludovica + Roberto Palomba, 2017
Blown acid-etched glass, gold-colored satin aluminum
Made in Italy by Foscarini

A fluid vibration on glass. Three-dimensional facets inspired by the reaction of a liquid subjected to multiple sound waves. The distinguishing feature of Gem lies in its irregular glass surface, where the thickness of waves and reliefs changes continuously, creating unexpected and delightful textured and luminous effects. It is an object that urges the observer to look and touch it, allowing himself to be seduced by the games created by the sequence of lines that flow across its surface: reliefs and creases in the material create irregular variations in thickness, making the lamp unmistakable, even when it is switched off.

Gem is a top-quality item that declares at first glance the superior value of the material, the fine craftsmanship of its manufacturing process and the culture of its design. Its satin-finish blown glass embraces the light source and diffuses a warm, soft light into its surroundings. In the table lamp version, the satin gold colored aluminum pedestal, which is hand brushed, has been devised to be a discrete presence that enhances the glass, letting it play the starring role.

Gem is the new, captivating chapter in the almost twenty year-long partnership between Foscarini and the couple of Italian designers Ludovica and Roberto Palomba, which has led to outstanding successes such as Rituals and Tartan. Their research explores the expressive possibilities of a material with a thousand-year tradition, namely blown glass, interpreting it in the light of contemporary design and enhancing the value of its prestige by means of exclusive workmanship, capable each time of challenging the complexity of the craft-based production process.

Gem is also available as a suspension lamp.

17" dia. | 17.75" h | cord: 66" L | on/off switch: 20" from lamp | 13.2 lbs.
requires 1x70w E26 bulb | includes dimmer

$1,050.00 + free shipping
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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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