RARE LIMITED EDITION “TOTAL BLACK” ELIO MARTINELLI LUCE COBRA LAMP IN EXCELLENT ORIGINAL CONDITION. 15.75″ by 15.75″. Created in 1968 by Elio Martinelli, the Cobra lamp flaunts bold lines and an iconic profile ahead of its time. As a native of Lucca, Italy, Martinelli graduated from the Institute of Fine Arts in the not too distant Florence, where he studied set design before returning to his hometown to design the interiors of public buildings. Between one commission and the next, illumination grew to become an ever-present aspect in the young creatives work, featuring signature pieces made by the designer himself. From his small laboratory in Piazza Bernardini, Martinelli developed innovative experiments that would later inform his revolutionary career in the field of lighting. It was there, in fact, that the designer first created the iconic Cobra lamp with its sinuous and dynamic lines, showcasing a surprising mix of creative intuition and experimental production. Following the economic boom of the early 1960s, Italy was infiltrated with an unadulterated sense of enthusiasm, which the designer embraced by experimenting with new exciting materials: polymers. To better frame the innovative nature of his work, consider Giulio Natta, a researcher with the Politecnico di Milano, would take home a Nobel Prize just one year later for his studies of the plastic materials. While less theoretic, Martinellis experimentations led to one of the first lights ever created using a molding system, producing two pieces printed entirely in white resin for the Cobra lamp. Martinelli has also produced the Cobra table lamp in a limited edition of 300 total black. As a seemingly straightforward table lamp with a downward facing light, the Cobra hides brilliant geometric solutions behind a striking profile. Well ahead its time, the creation opened doors to explore new formal and materialistic options for lighting design. Inscribed within a sphere, the geometric form of the Cobra lamp is both simple and pure. With a subtle rotation, however, the same harmonious design becomes dynamic and bold, sweeping the light source in the other direction and changing the lamps axis. Featuring a central joint for 360° rotation, the two resin bodies can spin on a steel base, while the interior reflector is made of white painted aluminum. Altering the lamps dimension, Martinellis fresh take on transformer design is truly one of a kind with a strong presence and decidedly characteristic profile. The item “RARE ORIGINAL TOTAL BLACK 1960’S ELIO MARTINELLI LUCE COBRA LAMP, MID CENTURY” is in sale since Monday, May 20, 2019. This item is in the category “Antiques\Periods & Styles\Mid-Century Modernism”. The seller is “estateconsignor” and is located in Asheville, North Carolina. This item can be shipped to United States, all countries in Europe, Canada, Japan, Australia.
- Style: Mid-Century Modern
- Maker: LUCE ELIO MARTINELLI
- Original/Reproduction: Original
- Color: Black