Atollo – Oluce

I have always been fascinated by a lamp called Atollo, designed by Vico Magistretti. It is produced since 1977 by Oluce. I think that it is  not just a lamp, it is great in its shape and like almost all the other lamps it is truly a work of art.

This table lamp gives direct and diffused light in opaline blown Murano Glass.

Shape is the keyword for this lamp! It is a sort of union of three different geometric volumes: a part made in opal glass entirely illuminated, a cylinder, a hemisphere and a cone. The hemisphere seems to be in balance on the cone, like hanging on it.

The top section contains two lamps: the diffuser reflects light back onto the base, providing an interplay of light and shadow that makes this lamp distinctive.

It is available in 4 opaline glass versions and a lacquered metal version and in three different sizes.

Atollo won a competition, where the award was called “Compasso d’Oro”, Italy’s highest design award, in 1979.

One of the most interesting thing about it, is that the lamp is still exposed to numerous museum collections, like MoMa, in New York, the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the Kunstmuseum Düsseldorf.

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~ by Giorgia Yasmine Rocca on May 13, 2010.

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