A former member of the Memphis design movement based in Italy in the 1980s,
Ferruccio Laviani has a history of incorporating bold forms and classical
references into his designs. The Bourgie Table Lamp (2003) continues in this
vein, with a baroque silhouette uniquely executed in polycarbonate, one of
the 21st century's most popular modern materials. A special coupling system
on the lampshade allows the lamp to be assembled at three different heights
(26.75"/28.75"/30.75") without requiring the use of any tools. Simply lift
the shade off the lamp and add or remove as many spacers necessary to adjust
the height. Choose the height that suits your need, and modify it to another
height at a later time. When lit, the lampshade shows mysterious refractions
of light. The precision-cut base is little more than a three-sided,
scrolling outline, compact enough for worktops, side tables and nightstands.
Bulbs (included): three Incandescent 40W/120V/E14/torpedo. Made in Italy.
Ferrucio Laviani is part of a generation of young Italian designers who came to prominence in the early 90's when the Memphis movement made its mark on international design. Born in 1960, Laviani studied both architecture and design in Milan, graduating with a degree in architecture in 1986. Soon thereafter, he took part in the "12 Newcomers" Memphis collection in 1986 and the "Living on Earth" Memphis collection in 1987, launching his career with ties to the colorful and idiosyncratic design movement. Laviani went on to design whimsical, colorful furniture and objects that reminds us of its exuberant and expressive mission. Laviani's Orbital Lamp of 1991, perhaps his best known design, used color-saturated biomorhic shapes for the glass shades, and an angular, tapering metal base, bringing to mind the organic emphasis and optimism of the '50s, while his Max table combines multi-use practicality with his signature curvilinear forms.
Ferruccio Laviani marks the transition between his generation and those before him through his collaborations with his elders and mentors. He's worked with Kartell, Foscarini, Achille Castiglioni, and Ettore Sottsass. Along with his talented colleagues, Laviani exemplifies the best of Italian design, present and future. Read more >