Gae Aulenti and Piero Castiglioni bring handcrafting to industry with the Parola table lamp
Gae Aulenti produces another runaway success when she combines three kinds of glass, each made from a different production, craft or industrial process.
Blown opal glass is used for the directional shade; the stem is in transparent industrial borosilicate glass, particularly resistant to impact; the base is in bevelled industrial glass.
Parola is still considered a textbook example of how craftmanship can fit into an industrial scenario, as well as being a flagship for FontanaArte’s glass manufacturing status.
Table and floor versions were added in 1980, and a year later a wall-mounted model was installed as lighting for Palazzo Grassi in Venice.