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Dolmen Floor Lamp

by F. Laviani, from foscarini

dolmen floor lamp

dolmen floor lamp

Design Ferruccio Laviani, 1996/2017
Varnished or anodized aluminum, polycarbonate
Made in Italy by Foscarini

One of the most iconic designs in Foscarini's history, reworked to adapt to the new opportunities offered by LED technology: Dolmen, designed by Ferruccio Laviani in the mid-Nineties. A piece with a forceful symbolic value, expression of a lamp-sculpture concept that never escapes notice, thanks to the exceptional character of the monolithic form, with four large openings similar to the portholes of a ship, and the unusual positioning against the wall. The use of a dimmable LED source that provides warm, uniform light, has made it possible to re-proportion the lamp's design, making it slimmer in a lucid aesthetic adjustment. The finishes transform its personality, suggesting different feelings and settings: matte orange with an industrial tone or a matte brushed aluminum for hightech inspiration, or a warm bronze color. In all versions, Dolmen brings its forceful character and immediately recognizable personality to any space.

Dolmen floor lamp is for installation resting against a wall for diffused and reflected light. The lamp consists of a laser-cut sheet of aluminum bent using a pressure bending machine and hand-finished. The aluminum is anodized and subsequently liquid coated with transparent varnish or colored paint. There are two opaline PMMA diffusers, the front one is slightly embossed. There is a plate - also in transparent PMMA - between the two diffusers, which diffuses light from the multichip LEDs installed on the long sides of the aluminum frame. The plate is laser-engraved in the areas aligned with the portholes to concentrate the light reflection. Transparent dimmer and electrical cable, a small canopy holder is compulsory for wall anchoring.

70.9" L | 15.75" w | 1.2" d | 27.5 lbs.
includes LED 47W, 2700K, 4980 lumen, CRI90 | includes dimmer

$2,583.00 + free shipping in the continental U.S.
(usually ships in 7 days)

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F. Laviani

Ferruccio Laviani (b. 1960) of Cremona, Italy graduated from Politecnico di Milano in architecture in 1986 and created industrial design objects, mainly lamps or lighting systems known for colored transparent plastics. From 1986-1991, he was a member of the De Lucchi studio, designing for various companies such as Credito Bergamasco, Mandarina Duck, Memphis, Olivetti, and Swatch. He came into prominence as the Memphis group began to leave its mark on International design. In 1991, he showed his silverware from the Morandotti collection at the "European Capitals of New Design” exhibition at the Centre Pompidou in Paris. The same year, he began a collaboration with Kartell and is now an artistic director and consultant.
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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