A classic and iconic design lighting is born: Uovo

Nature’s most familiar shape, one that has always symbolized the perfect harmony of symmetry and asymmetry. The Uovo lamp is an homage to the egg, based on a sketch found in the company’s archives in 1972. In the sketch, the shell contains a light source: a tongue-in-cheek idea that was an immediate hit and became one of the collection’s best sellers. Like a real egg, the Uovo lamp shell is a weightless paradigm in refined frosted white blown glass that emits a steady, welcoming light. The table lamp features a diffuser, held in place by a fine, painted metal frame with the distinctive pinpricks around the edge. Three different sizes for a collection whose middle name is versatility, from the smallest version − a minute service lamp − to the largest, an outright sculpture of light that will reign supreme in any room.

The Scintilla system to launch a new sector: a hybrid of decorative and technical lighting

Father and son team, Livio and Piero Castiglioni, devise the avant-garde Scintilla system, combining the essential versatility of a decorative lamp with the lighting capacity of a technical system. Scintilla was perfect for the retail trade and large-scale exhibition areas and with the innovative product FontanaArte penetrated this specific market sector. Scintilla gained ground quickly and was the first in what was to become the “Architecture” line of solutions for interiors with specific technical demands. The initial versions for wall and ceiling mount came in a plain steel structure with chrome or brushed finish, fitting a halogen bulb that was protected from high temperatures by a simple borosilicate glass cylinder. By the early Eighties the system’s runaway sales success persuaded the company, with the help of Piero Castiglioni to design a free-standing version with the main structure fastened to the base and stem in chrome-plated metal or blue glass.

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