Take three established and influential Italian designers working for innovative Milanese lighting company Luceplan, issue a design challenge – to create a simple yet intelligent ceiling lamp – and what do you get? The Metropoli Lamp (1992), winner of a Compasso d’Oro Award in 1994. This lamp from Alberto Meda, Riccardo Sarfatti and Paolo Rizzatto is marked by its versatility in that it works well as a ceiling fixture or a wall sconce in both residential and commercial settings, with an accessible diffuser for easy bulb changes. Available in polished or painted aluminum. Bulb (not included): CFL 18W/CFQ/G24 for painted lamp; incandescent 100W/A19/E26 or halogen 75W/T10/E26 for polished lamps. UL Listed. Made in Italy.
The painted lamp should be used indoors, away from damp areas.
The polished lamps can withstand indirect moisture in damp environments, making them apt for bathrooms and covered outdoor spaces.
Aluminum body and base with painted or polished finish; polycarbonate diffuser (painted lamp) or glass diffuser (polished lamps).
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 >