The Miconos series of lamps by Ernesto Gismondi, founder of Artemide, is so elegantly simple it becomes as versatile as light itself. But behind its simplicity hides the quest for perfection. Perfection in dimensions and proportions, perfection in choice of materials and above all, perfection in execution.
The Miconos series started with a suspension and table lamp, then came the floor and wall lamps and finally the ceiling lamp.
Ernesto Gismondi is the founder of Artemide Group.
He was born in Sanremo in 1931. In 1957 he gained a degree in Aeronautical Engineering at the Milan Polytechnic and in 1959 he gained a degree in Missile Engineering at the Professional School of Engineering in Rome. Since the early '60s he has been devoting to the planning and production of lighting equipment, founding Studio Artemide S.a.s., from which the Artemide Group was to develop, together with designer Sergio Mazza. He became established as an international designer, participating, as one of the inventors, in “Memphis”, an avant-garde movement that brought about a profound evolution in the design sector both in Italy and worldwide, and designing various successful appliances for the Group.
Over the years, under his guidance, the Artemide Group saw its market share grow and its international reach increase, making it one of the main players in the design lighting sector, a role that earned him important acknowledgements, including the Compasso d’Oro Award for Career achievements (1994) and the European Design Prize (1997).
From 1964 to 1984 he was associate professor of Rocket Engines for Missiles at the Milan Polytechnic. He was the vice president of ADI - Association of Industrial Design - and held several positions within the Industrial Association of Lombardy (Assolombarda), Federmeccanica, Confindustria, the Autonomous Fair Agency in Milan and at the Ministry for Universities and Research. He is also a member of the Educational and Scientific Committee of I.S.I.A. (Higher Institute for Artistic Industries/Industrial design) in Florence, appointed by the Ministry of Public Education, of the Board of Arbitration of COSMIT (Organising Committee of the Milan Furniture Show), and of CNEL, following a designation by the President's Office of the Republic. He has chaired and participated in several workshops, in Italy and abroad, on design and its developments and on energy saving applied to lighting.
In 2008 he received the Ernst & Young Prize “Entrepeneur of the Year” for Innovation Category, and Giorgio Napolitano, the President of the Italian Republic, appointed him "Cavaliere del Lavoro", an Italian decoration given to important figures in industry. In 2009 he received the Ernst & Young Prize "Entrepeneur of the Year" for Communication Category.
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.
Structure in chromed metal, diffuser in transparent blown glass
Diameter 25cm, height 32,5cm
1 × 12W LED
Bulb not included
Note: this product requires an electrical connection by a licensed electrician
Made in Italy
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