First edition wall light 'Mania' designed by the Italian designer Vico Magistretti for Artimide, Milano, 1963.
Dimensions: diameter 24 cm (9.4 in.), depth of the wall 10 cm (3.9 inches).
The lamp, which is fixed on the wall with a painted metal wall plate, sheds diffused light and is made up of two glass molded shells of different size and partially laid over each other.
The fixture is equipped with two small Edison screw sockets (SES), (E17 14-17 mm) max 25 watts.
The lamp was developed in 1963 at the Artimide company and presented at the XIII Triennale di Milano in 1964. It was one of the first lamps that Magistretti designed for this famous Italian company and it was the beginning of a very successful collaboration.
This is the first version of white murano glass and with the brass slide to fix the lower shell. When mounting, first secure the lower shell and then slide the upper shell over it. Particularly simple.
The 'Grande Mania' followed in 1972, which has a diameter of 28 cm and a depth of 14 cm. Later versions are of 'Makrolon' (polycarbonate). There is also a later rare version made of one piece of cast opaline glass.
This 60 year old light, which comes from Italy, is in good condition. Some remnants of latex paint on the fixture, not visible, possibly easy to remove.
The lower shell has a minor chip (2mm) at the top of the lower shell. Absolutely invisible because the upper shell completely covers the lower shell. But I do mention this for the sake of completeness (see last picture).
Vico Magistretti (1920-2006) is one of the greatest and most important Italian designers of the last 100 years and has won several awards, including the Gold Medal of the Chartered Society of Industrial Artists & Designers in 1986
- Domus 409 (December 1963) pg. 119.
- Catalog Artemide 1973 p. 63.
- Guiliana Gramigna Repertory 1950-2000 , 2003 p. 104.
- Fulvio Irace, Vanni Pasca, Vico Magistretti architetto e designer, Milano, Electa 1999, p.139
Wall Light 'Mania' by Vico Magistretti for Artimide, 1963
The lower shell has a minor chip (2mm) at the top of the lower shell. Absolutely invisible because the upper shell completely covers the lower shell (last picture). Some remnants of latex paint on the fixture, not visible, possibly easy to remove.