Dating from 1955, this Stilnovo floor lamp is my absolute dream piece, the one I have placed countless times in my imagination chez moi! The circle within the triangle which forms the base is simultaneously dynamic and solid while the light switch adds a further element to this interaction. The elegant tubes soar upwards towards the long slim tunnels of soft light which are all three at graduated levels, and the tubes continue on reaching ever higher. Practical and profoundly beautiful, for me this is design par excellence.
The ‘Ouragan’ light (c.1960) in sculpted bronze by Felix Agostini was a private commission for a Parisian appartment. The base appears to carve space through the air with its angular lines which are echoed in the form of the shade seemingly suspended and defying gravity. This is design that is daring and moving, universal in appeal which feels to the viewer somehow like a personal discovery.
A highly prolific and dynamic period for design, the 1940’s to 1960’s produced a plethora of beautiful and striking pieces which were pivotal in the development of mid century design. Here are some light designs we find particularly inspiring.