In 1964, Italian designer Giancarlo Mattioli, guided by the era’s enthusiasm for space-age forms and materials, experimented with then-newly-available thermoplastic resins. The result was this Nesso Table Lamp, an object represented in the collection of the Museum of Modern Art. Invoking an otherworldly mushroom, the Nesso Lamp’s eye-catching shape provides diffused incandescent light. Produced by Artemide, the lamp is available for purchased from the MoMA Design Store (online only) at This Link.
Best known as an Art Deco metalsmith, Edgar Brandt (1880 – 1960) studied metal working at the Ecole nationale professionnelle of Vierzon and established himself in Paris in 1902. There, he began his blacksmith career; his creations first being marked by the Art nouveau aesthetic. Thanks to his extraordinary technical mastery and ingenuity, he received overwhelming numbers of commissions.
In 1925, Brandt opened an art gallery, where he exhibited pieces created by his contemporaries, as well as some of his works and collaborations, such as the ones with Daum or Lalique. This Modernist Table Lamp (1931) features an S-shaped body on a circular base, in nickel-plated metal, with 2 deep-etched glass cylinders. At 8.5-inches wide at the base, and 12.5-inches high, each lamp is stamped (at the base) with the artist’s Signature: E. Brandt, and Daum Nancy France, for the crystal studio and its location, is etched on the glass. Price point is unknown.
Photographed in the Booth for Bernard Goldberg Fine Arts at the Fall 2019 Salon Art + Design in NYC
The MGM Table Lamp was designed by ‘radical’ Italian designer Lapo Binazzi and manufactured from 1960 to 1969. The MGM name comes from the lamp’s resemblance to the iconic Movie Studio Logo.
I spotted this piece way back in May of this year during NYCxDesign at R & Company, a gallery at 64 White Street. The extremely beautiful Pink Enamel-finish lamp is now quite a collector’s item that can sell for as much as $14,000!
The Bauhaus, an art and design school founded in Germany in 1919, trained it students to work with industrial producers to manufacture affordable household objects that exemplified efficient design. Bauhaus designers found inspiration in pure geometric forms, and American designers quickly adopted this aesthetic, radically paring objects down to basic shapes that were easy to fabricate mechanically.
The stacked cylinders of this Table Lamp (1935) evoke the moving cogs of machinery and exemplify the simplified beauty of industrial, everyday modernism.
Photographed the Metropolitan Museum of Art in NYC.
Isn’t this piece fabulous? Swiss designer Mattia Bonetti created his Archetype Lamp (2013) to mimic a Head and Shoulders silhouette, and what a head turner it is. Fabricated in bronze and Murano glass in a limited edition of 8, plus 2 artist proofs.
Photographed in the Paul Kasmin Gallery in NYC.
When you visit the Queens Museum to see the Ramones exhibit, make sure you also stop in to see the Neustadt Collection of Tiffany Glass, which is an on-going, and incredibly visually stunning, not to mention (but you can see I am about to) very educational exhibit of the art glass of Louis C. Tiffany! Did you know that his first name is pronounced Louie, and not Louis? I had no idea, but now I know!
Founded by early Tiffany collectors Egon and Hildegard Neustadt, The Neustadt Collection of Tiffany Glass is a private foundation based in Queens. Since 1995 the foundation has partnered with the Queens Museum to exhibit and present its collection of Tiffany lamps, windows, metalwork, and ephemera, as well as an immense one-of-a-kind archive of Tiffany flat and pressed-glass “jewels” leftover from Tiffany’s nearby Corona, Queens studios, which closed in the late 1930s.
Before you even start looking at the lamps, check out the way this gallery is designed, where the shadows on the wall that are not those actually thrown by light bending around objects, but rather are painted right on the walls. It is so well done, it may even take you some time to notice.
The Neustadt Collection Gallery has now relocated to the new wing of the Queens Museum, and the collection currently on display is the inaugural exhibition, Shade Garden: Floral Lamps from the Tiffany Studios, as well as a permanent display of other Tiffany designs. This is the best collection of Tiffany glass that I have seen anywhere, outside of the Morse Museum in Winter Park, Florida (which I highly recommend).
Shade Garden features 20 lamps exploring Tiffany’s masterful translation of nature into glass. Lamps of all shapes and sizes reveal the extraordinary artistry required to accurately portray complicated blossom shapes and the unruly growth patterns of flowers as well as their nuances of color and texture. Lampshades adorned with profusions of wisteria, peonies, pond lilies, and poppies — some of the most beloved and iconic Tiffany motifs — are included in Shade Garden, which will be on view for two years.
Supplementing Shade Garden is an educational model demonstrating the labor-intensive process of making a leaded-glass lampshade. It includes original Tiffany Studios, as well as a large photomural of the Tiffany Shade Department, and an extensive selection of original Tiffany sheet glass. A film capturing the process of selecting, cutting and soldering the individual pieces of glass in the lampshade also accompanies the model.
The Neustadt Tiffany Glass Collection a must-see attraction at the Queens Museum, even if you visit after The Ramones Exhibit closes on July 31, 2016.
Audiophiles, check this out! Designed by Denmark-based studio Genanvendt, the LP Table Lamp creates a soft and subdued lighting, thanks not only to the records themselves (which help moderate the glow) but also to the screen of translucent material creating a cylinder around the light bulb itself. The LP Table Lamp is available in different sizes with different numbers of LPs. Purchasing information is available at This Link.
I love this Cheshire Cat-Inspired Lamp design as part of an Alice in Wonderland-Themed Girl’s Bedroom.
Continuing with it recent series of amazing art exhibits, Paul Kasmin Gallery on Tenth Avenue is currently hosting Indoor | Outdoor, an exhibition of new functional sculptures by Mattia Bonetti, on view through May 4th, 2013. If you love the space where Modern Furniture Design becomes Fine Art, this is a Must See exhibit!
The works in this series epitomize Bonetti’s unique vision, including an exciting debut of new outdoor furniture, a career first for the artist. Since the beginning of his pioneering practice in the 1970s, Bonetti, known for his limited edition works and unique commissions, has approached the distinction between art and design not as a barrier, but as a wellspring of creative dialogue.
Inspired by the dynamic between indoors and out, these works swing both conceptually and formally between the organic and the geometric, playing in the space between the natural and the crafted. Blurring these familiar boundaries, the majority of the works have been designed to thrive both inside and outside.
Bonetti’s forms also consciously reinvigorate classical and timeless silhouettes, suggesting cultural influences as diverse as Ancient Greece and imperial India. From the patterns of woven reeds translated in bronze, to shaped travertine filled with colored resin, to illuminated Madagascar rock crystal, to cast aluminum that bears the raised grain of hand-milled elm—these works tantalizingly combine and reimagine the world of design into a realm of dueling materials, forms, and evocations.
Mattia Bonetti’s Indoor | Outdoorwill be on Exhibit Through May 4th, 2013 at Paul Kasmin Gallery, Located at 293 Tenth Avenue (at West 27th Street) New York, in the Chelsea Gallery District.