Mid-century floor lamp designed by Angelo Lelii and made by Arredoluce in 1958. This model 12705 is made of a brass curved foot, vertical stem and screws, and two molded opaline glass shades covering the ten sources of light. Original light switch with the maker’s stamp.
Angelo Lelli (1911-1989)
Angelo Lelli was the founder of Arredoluce, an Italian company specialized in lighting editions active from 1947 to 1987.
He was born in 1911 in the Ancona region but moved with his family to the north of Italy to pursue his studies at ISIA (Superior Institute of Industrial Art) at the University of Decorative Arts in Monza, outside Milan.
It was in Monza also where as early as 1939 he started working out of a small basement workshop, producing lamps and chandelier designs with clean lines, strong attention to detail, and applying the newest technologies. After having his work interrupted by the War, in 1946 three of his designs were featured in Domus Magazine.
Arredoluce was founded in 1947, in Monza, by Angelo Lelli. Over the following decades, the company’s collaborators included renowned designers such as Giò Ponti, Ettore Sottsass, Pier Giacomo, and Achille Castiglioni. The most well-known designs of Angelo Lelii are the Triennale floor lamp model 12128 (1947) and the Cobra table lamp (1964), which became famous for its unique shape and for the low voltage used by incorporating the transformer in its base. His other iconic lights are the Tris lamp (1946), the Eye floor light (1950), the Stella ceiling light (1950), and the President table lamp (1970).
Thanks to Angelo Lelii’s unique approach to lighting design, Arredoluce quickly built a reputation for creating premium quality lights based on clean, simple, and functional designs. And that is also the reason why the lamps from Lelii are so wanted amongst collectors and mid-century design lovers.
A catalogue raisonné of his designs was published in Italy by Silvana Editoriale, “Arredoluce 1943 – 1987 catalogue raisonné”.
Arredoluce Floor Lamp mod 12705 by Angelo Lelii
Height: 73.63 in (187 cm)
Width: 13.39 in (34 cm)
Depth: 9.06 in (23 cm)