Lesbo Table Lamp

Angelo Mangiarotti - 1967
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This sensual table lamp named after the Greek island of Lesbos, nothing more and nothing less, is typical of Mangiarotti's architectural approach of product design. The characteristics of the materials used are perfectly adapted to the form and function of the object and vice-versa. 

Designed in 1967 the table lamp is truly timeless in its appearance. 

Angelo Mangiarotti was born in 1921 in Milan where he graduated in Architecture in 1948 at Politecnico di Milano. He then moved to the United States in 1953 and started working in Chicago as a visiting professor for the Illinois Institute of Technology and was participating also to the competition for Chicago "LOOP". During his time at Illinois Institute of Technology, Mangiarotti met Frank Lloyd Wright, Walter Gropius, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe and Konrad Wachsmann, all of whom were instrumental in his personal and professional growth.

By coming back from United States in 1954, he opened an architectural firm together with Bruno Morassutti until 1960. In 1989 he founded Mangiarotti & Associates Office based in Tokyo. From 1986 to 1992 he’s art director of Colle Cristalleria.

Mangiarotti, while working as an architect whose works are published in books, specialized magazines and newspapers, had an intense didactic activity made in different Italian and foreign Universities. In 1953-1954 he is a visiting professor at the Institute of Design of the Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago; in 1963-1964 he’s professor in a course of Instituto Superiore di Disegno Industriale of Venice; he’s visiting professor at University of Hawaii in 1970, at the Ecole Politecnique Fédérale of Losanna in 1974, at University of Adelaide and at South Australian Institute of Technology of Adelaide in 1976; in 1982 he has a contract as professor at the Faculty of Architecture of Palermo; in 1983 he is supply professor for the course of composition at the Faculty of Architecture in Florence, in 1989-90 he has a contract as professor in the graduation course in Industrial Design at the Faculty of Architecture of Politecnico di Milano. He participated in many international seminars and conferences.

In Mangiarotti’s design activity, whose theoretic fundamentals are expressed in the book "In nome dell’architettura" published in 1987, he wanted to enlight the essential characteristics of every object, since only an "objective" design is able to prevent any abuse against the user itself in order to become, instead, recognizable by the collectivity. The architectural language becomes the expression of a new relation between man and environment, while in Mangiarotti’s activity as a designer he gives a very important role to the plastic research. The aim of his research, which is always led by respecting carefully the material characteristics, is the definition of the object’s form as a quality of the material.

He died in Milan in 2012. His design work is marked by a lot of prizes received both in the field of design and architecture.

"Angelo Mangiarotti is an absolutely original figure in international architecture, one of the few Italian masters (like Ponti, Nervi and Piano) capable of exporting his idea and philosophy of design. Mangiarotti's career began in the early 1950s and immediately produced works that became points of reference for the world of architecture, engineering, design and art, thanks to his ability to establish a dialogue with this normally distant disciplines - His profound sense of ethical values, civil commitment and moral rigor in the every gesture of his professional activity make Angelo Mangiarotti a rare example; unique personality being architect, designer and sculptor at the same time." (Beppe Finessi)


The 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.

Table lamp

Base in polished metal, body and diffuser in blown Murano glass


With dimmer
Diameter 52cm, height 37cm
1 x 15W LED E27
Bulb not included

Made in Italy


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