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Vistosi table lamp
« on: May 17, 2011, 12:23:14 AM »
Apologies for the quality of the image - it was taken at a fair on my crummy old mobile phone. I didn't think to take a proper photograph after I bought it or before I packed it away.  ::)

It's a large dome of black/hyalith glass with cased opal-white interior, with a triple-cased (white/blue/clear) snake-like tube for the lamp fittings and cable coiling around the side.

Any clues on the designer? Feels very late 1970s / early 80s post-modernist.

Thanks in advance!


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Re: Vistosi table lamp
« Reply #1 on: May 17, 2011, 07:32:11 AM »
Nic, I have no ideas to help but it is a gorgeous lamp  :mrgreen: wish I'd found it.
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Re: Vistosi table lamp
« Reply #2 on: May 17, 2011, 07:48:29 AM »
It is gorgeous. I like the economy and sheer cleverness of the design.


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Re: Vistosi table lamp
« Reply #3 on: May 17, 2011, 12:52:13 PM »
No ideas on the designer but what a COOL lamp you have there.  What great find!!  :hiclp:  Are there any labels on the lamp or signatures?

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Re: Vistosi table lamp
« Reply #4 on: May 17, 2011, 02:43:37 PM »
Sadly not, but Design & Arts had larger versions on their website a while ago with the Vistosi attribution. Presumably they'd had a labelled one at some point.


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Re: Vistosi table lamp
« Reply #5 on: May 17, 2011, 09:13:47 PM »
Ettore Sottsass did some design for  Vistosi - I don't suppose.... no, probably not, but it has that look doesn't it.
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Re: Vistosi table lamp
« Reply #6 on: May 17, 2011, 09:46:44 PM »
I didn't want to hope...  ;D

But, despite much Googling, I can't find anything that would link the design to Sottsass, unfortunately. In Mentasti's Venetian Glass 1890-1990 it's mentioned that his 1977 Vistosi series paved the way for similar designs.


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Re: Vistosi table lamp
« Reply #7 on: May 17, 2011, 09:56:38 PM »
In my DK 2007 antiques price guide (Judith Miller) there are a pair of glass wall sconces which are black and white, black background but with white circles in them, sort of hemispherical shape with A.V Mazzega and Vetri Murano labels.  That's the nearest I can find at the mo.
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Re: Vistosi table lamp
« Reply #8 on: May 17, 2011, 11:27:41 PM »
I don't have that one on my shelf, but I'll look up the references. Ta.  :)

I'm also wondering if it might not be too off the wall to investigate Peter Shire as a possible designer, as it ticks a few of the boxes for his work (domes, or in the case of the larger versions, spheres, and serpentine shapes as a recurring theme, along with high-contrast colour combinations).

Not everything he produced for Vistosi was totally crazy postmodernism, and not everything of his was signed (Design & Arts have, in fact, carried a few of his known works unsigned in the past).


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Re: Vistosi table lamp
« Reply #9 on: May 18, 2011, 10:10:17 PM »
Nic, you could email them and ask. I want to know ;D (not that I'm impatient or anything).
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