An icon of Italian industrial design by Vico Magistretti, for the lighting company Artemide in 1965, the Eclisse lamp is a delightful combination of round shapes, simple surfaces and 1960s spirit. Inspired by a miner’s lamp used by the hero Jean Valjean in Les Miserables, the lamp is composed of a fixed outer shell and a moveable inner shell.
Eclisse by Artemide
Eclisse is an avant-garde balance between form and function, design and utility and it won the Compasso d’Oro Award in 1967. Manipulation of the inner sphere creates the effect of an eclipse allowing the user to add bright light or subtract for a diffuse glow – the name Eclisse is Italian word for eclipse. Eclisse in part of the permanent collection of the most important design Museums, amongst many the MoMa in New York and the Triennale Design Museum in Milan.