“It is not the quantity, but the quality of light, that makes things visible,” said Spanish designer Mariano Fortuny. Trained as a painter, he was also an accomplished and innovative couturier, architect, inventor, set designer and lighting technician. The Delphos gown he designed in 1907 continues to shape women’s fashion today, and the textiles company he founded in 1921 is still going strong. His patented cyclorama dome made it possible to change stage lighting instantly from bright sky to faint dusk, and his reflector lamp works on the same principle. A product of his lighting expertise, the height-adjustable Fortuny Lamp (1907) lets you direct light as desired with its sizable rotating shade. This imposing piece works to striking effect in large spaces such as restaurants, reception rooms and open-plan living areas. Dimmer switch on cord affords easy on-off access. Bulb (included): dimmable incandescent 500W/120V/E40. Made in Italy.
Celebrated by his contemporaries as "The Magician of Venice", Mariano Fortuny was perhaps the last Renaissance man in the truest meaning of the term. Though trained as a painter, Fortuny was an accomplished and innovative stage-set designer, architect, inventor, couturier, and lighting technician. Born in the ancient Spanish city of Granada to an artistic family (both of his parents were highly-regarded painters), Fortuny was raised first in Paris then Venice, where he spent most of his life.
Fortuny is now most remembered for his dress designs, which were fabricated from an innovative pleated silk, produced by machines designed and patented by Fortuny, and is the forerunner to Issey Miyake's efforts. Fortuny also patented numerous stage and lighting innovations, culminating with the Fortuny cyclorama dome, which could easily change stage lighting from a bright sky to a faint dusk. The reflector lamp, popularly known as the Fortuny Lamp, works on the same principle as his stage dome, and clearly demonstrates Fortuny's philosophy that "it is not the quantity, but the quality of light, that makes things visible..." Read more >