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Metal Glass Table Lamp

metal glass table lamp

metal glass table lamp

Design Diesel Living by Foscarini, 2013
Blown glass, pyrex, acid-etched steel
Made in Italy by Foscarini

Resulting from the marriage between the centuries-old tradition of blown glass and the industrial appeal of metal, the Metal Glass lamp recalls an alchemist's still or a lantern from a Gothic setting. It is distinguished by a dense and almost opaque transparency, which is achieved by pouring soda powder into the still-incandescent vitreous paste. The ensuing chemical reaction creates a myriad of bubbles which are transformed into luminous particles, when the lamp is on. The borosilicate glass cylinder inside spreads the light while being part of the design. Each lamp includes a dimmer, is offered in two shapes and your choice of two glass diffuser colors.

requires 1x150W E26 type T10 shielded frosted halogen bulb (minimum bulb output 60W)

metal glass 1: 16.25" h | base: 6.25" dia. | 6.6" h | diffuser: 11" dia. | 14.11 lbs.
cord length: 70.5" L | on/off switch: 23.5" from lamp

metal glass 2: 16.25" h | base: 6.25" dia. | 6.6" h | diffuser: 12.4" dia. | 14.11 lbs.
cord length: 70.5" L | on/off switch: 23.5" from lamp

$1,189.00 + free shipping in the continental U.S.
(usually ships in 7-10 business days)


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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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