Legend has it that Vico Magistretti came up with the embryonic concept that would lead to the Eclisse in 1965 while riding on the Milan metro, day dreaming about the minor's lanterns described in Victor Hugo's Les Misérables. The very first sketch was made on the back of his metro ticket.
The technical breakthrough, reminiscent of astronomical eclipses, stems from the clever use of a fixed and a mobile hemisphere, allowing for a mechanical dimming mechanism and to switch between direct and diffuse lighting.
First commercialized in 1967 this iconic creation won the prestigious Compasso d'Oro award and was added to the MoMA's permanent design collection that same year. The lamp has been in continuous production ever since.
Vico Magistretti graduated in 1945 from Milan Polytechnic, where his lecturers included Gio Ponti and Piero Portaluppi, and immediately started work in his father’s studio. He mainly designed for the home and living ideas and soon made a name for himself in the Milan that was home to the growing industry of design, developing an extremely expressive, unmistakable language.At the end of the forties he took part in various editions of the Triennale in Milan and in 1956 he was one of the founding members of the ADI, the Italian Industrial Design Association. He has worked with important companies and his projects are part of permanent collections in the world’s most important museums. From 1998 to 2003, for FontanaArte he designed the wall lamps Ananas and Bruco, the Margaret lamp with supporting bag and Morocco hanging lamp.He has received no fewer than four Compasso d'Oro awards; for his Eclisse and Atollo lamps and for the Maralunga armchair, plus one for his career (1995). In parallel with his outstanding career as a designer, he has also been busy in the field of architecture. He was nominated member of the Accademia di San Luca in 1967 and honorary member of the Royal College of Art in London, where he is also a visiting professor. He has also taught at the Domus Academy in Milan and held conferences and lectures in Europe, Japan and the USA. In 1986 he received a gold medal from the SIAD (Society of Industrial Artists and Designers).
Artemide Group is a global leader in the residential and the high-end professional illumination sector. Based in Pregnana Milanese, just outside Milan, the brand is distributed worldwide through a network of own showrooms and collaborations with prestigious lighting retail stores.
Founded in 1960 and guided by its "Human Light" philosophy, today Artemide has become synonymous with design, innovation and "Made in Italy".
At the core "The Human Light" means placing the competence of Artemide at the service of man and responding to the need for flexibility and adaptability with utmost visual accuracy and minimum consumption of environmental resources.
Artemide has contributed to the history of modern design with creations like the Eclisse by Vico Magistretti (1967), the Tolomeo by Michele De Lucchi and Giancarlo Fassina (1989) or the Pipe by Herzog & De Meuron (2004); all three rewarded with the coveted Compasso d'Oro award.
In 1994 the company also received the "Compaso d'Oro" career Award and the European Design Prize In 1997.
Icons from the collection are exhibited in the most prestigious museums worldwide and are included in the design collections of the MoMA and Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, the Museo Nazionale della Scienza e della Tecnica in Milan, the Galleria Nazionale d'Arte Moderna in Roma and the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris.
Artemide has always collaborated with established international designers but also actively promotes workshops with design schools (for example the Royal College of Art, London) in order to find the best young talents.
Lacquered metal, wall mounting possibility
Diameter 12cm, height 18cm
1 x 4W LED E14
Bulb not included
Made in Italy
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