Take three influential and established Italian designers, working for the innovative Milanese lighting company Luceplan, add a unique design challenge – to create a simple, intelligent ceiling lamp – and what do you get? The Metropoli Lamp (as well as a Compasso d'Oro Award in 1994). Designers Alberto Meda, Riccardo Sarfatti and Paolo Rizzatto created a lamp distinguished by its versatility and technical ease. Metropoli (1992) works as either a ceiling fixture or wall sconce in either residential or commercial settings. The diffuser is easily opened to facilitate bulb changing. Metropoli is made from a polished or painted aluminum body and glass diffuser. UL Listed. Bulb (not included): incandescent 100W/A-19 or halogen 75W/T-10. Made in Italy.
The Polished finish can withstand damp environments with indirect moisture, making it an apt choice for the bathroom or covered outdoor space.
The Painted finish should be used indoors, away from damp areas.
Alberto Meda represents the fusion of art and science, reason and imagination, technical innovation and formal virtuosity that characterizes the best of Italian design. He is among the young designers whose individual talents became visible as early as the 1970's and have continued to grow through the end of the century, making design a force that affects every aspect of modern life. Meda's contemporaries include Mattheo Thun, Ron Arad, Philippe Starck, none of whom can be contained within a single movement or aesthetic. At the same time, all have blurred the boundaries between technology and art.
Meda first studied mechanical engineering at the Politecnio di Milano, graduating in 1969. Only a few years later, he was appointed Technical Director for the design-oriented manufacturer, Kartell. In 1979, Meda made the decision to pursue independent work as a designer and engineer, and became a consultant to Alfa Romeo and Italtel Telematica. In 1983, he began teaching industrial technology at the Domus Academy, one of the most prestigious schools of design in Europe. Read more >