“It is not the quantity, but the quality of light, that makes things visible,” said Spanish designer Mariano Fortuny of his approach to lighting design. His Fortuny Lamp (1907), which expresses the early modernist emphasis on industrial materials, functional style and the spatial role of objects, aligns with this philosophy. As compelling as modern sculpture, the lamp dominates space, evoking Fortuny’s work as a stage set designer.
Height-adjustable, the interior reflector rotates to direct light as desired.
Adds drama to larger spaces like reception areas, restaurants or an open-plan living space.
Bulb (included): incandescent 500W, E40.
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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 >