Martinelli Luce

Back in 1950, Italian designer Elio Martinelli designed what would go on to become one of the most innovative and experimental lighting manufacturers in Italy. Having received a degree in Stage Design from the Academy of Fine Arts in Florence, the young designer decided to establish his own studio in the medieval Tuscan town of Lucca, where he started creating lighting solutions and lamps for commercial use.

In the years that followed, Martinelli collaborated with various talented and renowned designers from all over the country, quickly granting the studio its well-deserved status as an innovative lighting manufacturer specialising in minimalist design. The products that came out of the studio were informed by the founder’s fascination with nature and simple, geometric shapes. Through the 1960s and 70s, the studio developed and started using a series of new materials that allowed them to create exciting, sculptural lamps.

The studio is now a third-generation family-owned business, and the current generation is set on keeping the legacy alive by launching nothing but the best of Italian design.

Martinelli Luce continues to be famous for its use of innovative technology, not to mention its sculptural and experimental approach to design and shapes.

Famous lamps from Martinelli Luce – Babele, Cobra, and Pipistrello

The studio is perhaps best known for the beautiful Pipistrello table lamp, designed by Gae Aulenti in 1965. Inspired by the organic shapes of nature, Aulenti chose to create a functional and practical table lamp. Her focus on functionality is reflected in the option to adjust the height of the light. The centre of the lamp is fitted with an adjustable telescope stand that can be adjusted to any height. The classic design is made from innovative plastic materials like opal methacrylate, and the lamp is part of permanent exhibitions at design museums all over the world. It’s one of the most coveted designer objects in the entire world.

The shape of the lampshade is inspired by the wings of a bat, hence the name which means ‘bat’ in Italian. Other popular, iconic lamps from the traditional Italian design studio include Babele and Cobra. Allow the Mediterranean elegance to inspire you to give your home a subtle makeover.
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