Alexander Calder-Style Art Stabile: Red, Blue & Yellow





Modern tabletop sculpture inspired by the forms of Alexander Calder. I really enjoy the stabiles by Alexander Calder. Whenever I go to Paris, I visit the Arche de la Défense. They have on view one of the best stabiles of Alexander Calder sculpture. The piece on display is the "Grand Stabile Rouge" which was installed in 1976 and measures a whopping 15 meters in height. I always think of Caldern's modernist forms whenever I am practicing my craft of creating Calder inspired tabletop sculptures. This all-metal stabile is a miniture size 12inch long by 8inch high by 12inch wide. It is finished with a rich and vibrant powder coating in red, blue and yellow for durability. It was made in the USA by master metal craftsmen. Alexander Calder was the most important American sculptor of the 20th century, and the most popular and internationally celebrated sculptor of the post-war period. The foundation of Calder's approach was metal works, something he derived not only from European modernism, but also from children's toys. He abandoned the process of factory-made casting that had been the basis for other modern artists such as Henry Moore, and instead worked on materials directly. He liked the fierce involvement brought with materials such as metal and painted them in vibrantly bright colors such as reds, yellows and blues. Watching the slow motion of this stabile is a remedy against stress and it looks stunning in any interior. 

Contemporary Modern Laundry Basket with Seat


Contemporary Modern Laundry Basket with Seat: A stool that stores laundry in a perfect way, the Alessi "Baba" Laundry Hamper is chic and stylish. Made of mirror-polished steel and designed by Stefano Giovannoni, the basket with a sculptural shape looks dapper sitting in the corner of your bathroom. SG74 - BABA, laundry hamper - Alessi bathroom laundry hampers. 

 


Modern White Wall Clock


white home & office wall clock with simple and contemporary 'modern italian design clock', made and imported from italy.  size: 12” (30cm) diameter x 1.4” (3.5cm) depth. material: pmma plastic, stainless steel, quartz movement.  inspired by mid-century modern wall clocks from the 1950s-1960s, our attractive small white wall clock features large and easy-to-read numbers with contrasting black markers on a white background. the elegant raised numbers and contrasting hands instantly add a modern touch to your space while the black on white numbering lets you clearly see the time at a glance. with a modern design that is both pure and stylish; this contemporary styled wall clock looks stunning on any wall including your kitchen, living room or even at your office. requires 1 x standard aa battery (not included) made in italy.

Zebra by Kay Bojesen



At the start of the 1920s, Kay Bojesen (Danish, 1886–1958) started creating wooden toys. At the time, Bojesen spent his summers abroad and was inspired by animals from far flung places such as Africa and South-America. Following earlier crafts in silver, during which he was inspired by the structural clarity of Danish design and the natural colors of silver/wood, the designer created the Zebra for the Danish Rosendahl design firm in 1932. Impressed by the quality of these handcrafted wooden toys, Danish consumers were further introduced to additional animals, monkeys, elephants, dogs, bears, who welcomed the zebra into their magical world, and gave him access to all the tools and resources he needed to express his creativity in wood. In exchange, the Victoria and Albert museum in London in the nineteen-fifties would exhibit his entire range of wooden figurines in the 1950s. The Zebra - which today is considered a design classic - is being re-introduced through design shop NOVA68 - in the original edition featuring a white lacquered beech body with a black striped design.

Suprematism Watch by Projects Watches




Designer Denis Guidone’s Suprematism Watch homage to the abstract Russian Suprematist art movement is a bold Projects Watches timepiece ripe with color, shape and movement. Suprematism, the invention of Russian artist Kazimir Malevich circa 1913, was one of the earliest and most radical developments in abstract art. Its name derived from Malevich's belief that Suprematist art would be superior to all the art of the past, and that it would lead to the supremacy of pure feeling or perception in the pictorial arts. Suprematism's 37mm unisex case is made of black IPB stainless steel and paired with a black silicone band. 

Simon Karkov: Normann Copenhagen Norm 06 Pendant Lamp with Electrical Cable








Love DIY modern light kits? Sometimes it’s not so much about creating new – but rather about taking existing things and putting them into a new perspective… or background. We hope you like this beautiful Norm 06 flower-shape do it yourself lamp kit from Normann Copenhagen. Norm 06 is a sculptural lamp shade with its own expression. It is easy to assemble without the need for any tools or glue. Norm 06 is a good place to start your lamp-puzzle adventure. The lamp distributes a soft, surrounding light that works well in most rooms. Hang it over the dining room table, in the entrance hall or use it in the bedroom. Norm 06 can be cleaned with a duster or by using the shower head in the shower. The lamp shade is made of a special, non flammable plastic material. 

Simon Karkov graduated in architecture from The Danish Academy of Architecture. Since the sixties he has been working for several architecture offices in Denmark. The past 10 years he mainly worked for the Municipality of Frederiksberg. During this period he left his mark on several projects, for example Frederiksberg Hospital and Frederiksberg Gymnasium. Today Simon is enjoying his retirement in Turkey working on different projects.
“Whenever I get an idea I draw a sketch which is then transformed into a model. The model is then adjusted over a period of time until the final prototype can be done. I dream of developing new ways of designing furniture and larger objects through the self-assembly concept. This concept must be able to work on a larger scale and that thought fascinates me.”

Denis Guidone Meantime for Projects Watches Inspired by Minimalism


From the Denis Guidone Collection. A dazzling, minimalist accented modern timepiece based on Projects Watches's philosophy to meld design and functionality. Denis Gudone's iconic Meantime watches takes on black silicone band with a modern Black IP stainless steel case. Quartz movement. Round stainless steel case, 38mm (1.5"). Line Second markers.

RODY JUMPING HORSE from GYMNIC: SALE










The Ledraplastic SpA, manufacturer of the Gymnic line, was founded in 1963 and was a pioneer in the processing of non-toxic vinyl. The first two decades of production focused on toys for young children, such as puppets made ??under license from the Walt Disney Company. From the mid-eighties, Ledraplastic SpA has established itself as a manufacturing leader in various areas ranging from toys to fitness to physical therapy and wellness. Gymnic - The Way to Move is the brand where design is based on the concepts of movement and comfort of people of all age groups.

Size: 21 x 18 x 10 inches ; 3 pounds.
Material: soft, super strong, latex-free, BPA-free and phthalate-free vinyl.

JACK TOM DIXON LIGHT









Tom Dixon Sculpture-Like "Stacking-Seating-Decorating" Contemporary Jack Lights are modern multi-functional light objects made from plastic that use the process of rotary moulding.  The Jack Light was first launched in 1994 and became somewhat of a design icon. Since then, Jack floor lights were designed and mass produced to prove industrial manufacture was still possible in the UK. Dimensions Height: 52cm x Width: 58cm x Depth: 58cm Cable length: 3.5m Materials & Finishes Produced from polyethylene Jack uses the industrial process of air rotation-moulding. Bulb (included) 1 x E27 5W CFL bulb. IP20. rated. Tom Dixon fell into the design of the Jack Light by accident when he found himself with “time on his hands" while recovering from a motorcycle accident. As an art school drop-out with no technical training, he taught himself how to become a designer-maker in 1983 after discovering welding when trying to repair his motorbike which led to the design of the industrial-like Jack Light.

MODERN Italian 1960s Modern Space Age Lighting by NEW LAMP, ROME, ITALY 1968-1972

"New Lamp"
Il mondo magnifico di luce Spaziale e illuminazione d'italia dal 1968-1972





Above (3 images): "New Lamp" model G999 designed by Giuseppe Ravasio circa 1970.  Reference: nova68.com New Lamp archive: #NLGR70G999, featured in Domus September 1971; Luce lampade 1968-1973: il nuovo design italiano, Fulvio Ferrari e Napoleone Ferrari, Allemandi editore.



Above (2 images): "New Lamp" variation on model G999 designed by Giuseppe Ravasio circa 1970.  Reference: nova68.com New Lamp archive: #NLGR70G998, featured in Domus September 1971; Luce lampade 1968-1973: il nuovo design italiano, Fulvio Ferrari e Napoleone Ferrari, Allemandi editore.





Above (4 images): "New Lamp" model unknown (Quanta Lamp) designed by Gianfranco Fini circa 1970.  Reference: nova68.com New Lamp archive: #NLGF70Q1, featured in Fulvio Ferrari and Napoleone Ferrari, Light, Lamps 1968-1973: new Italian Design, Turin, 2002, pl. 93.  Casa Vogue, November 1971, p. 53


Above (1 image): "New Lamp" model unknown (Convessa Lamp) designed by Gianfranco Fini (1942-?) and Fabrizio Cocchia (1931-?) circa 1970.  Reference: nova68.com New Lamp archive: #NLGFFC70C1, featured in Luce lampade 1968-1973: il nuovo design italiano, Fulvio Ferrari e Napoleone Ferrari, Allemandi editore.




Above (2 images): "New Lamp" model unknown (Teorema Lamp) in two different variations designed by Gianni Colombo (1937-1993); brother of Joe Colombo (famous for the Boby Trolley).  Designed and created circa 1969.  Reference: nova68.com New Lamp archive: #NLGCTE1, featured in Luce lampade 1968-1973: il nuovo design italiano, Fulvio Ferrari e Napoleone Ferrari, Allemandi editore.


Above (1 image): "New Lamp" model & name unknown designed by Gianfranco Fini (1942-?) and Fabrizio Cocchia (1931-?) circa 1970.  Reference: nova68.com New Lamp archive: #NLLDPGF1, featured in Luce lampade 1968-1973: il nuovo design italiano, Fulvio Ferrari e Napoleone Ferrari, Allemandi editore.


Above (1 image): "New Lamp" model & name unknown (same as previous lamp but with white wall plate and aluminum front plate) designed by Gianfranco Fini (1942-?) and Fabrizio Cocchia (1931-?) circa 1970.  Reference: nova68.com New Lamp archive: #NLLDPGF1, featured in Luce lampade 1968-1973: il nuovo design italiano, Fulvio Ferrari e Napoleone Ferrari, Allemandi editore.


Above (1 image): "New Lamp" model unknown (Morgana Lamp) designed by Gianfranco Fini (1942-?) and Fabrizio Cocchia (1931-?) circa 1969.  Reference: nova68.com New Lamp archive: #NLGFFCM1, featured in Luce lampade 1968-1973: il nuovo design italiano, Fulvio Ferrari e Napoleone Ferrari, Allemandi editore.





Above (4 images): "New Lamp" model unknown (Ascissa Lamp) designed by Gianfranco Fini (1942-?) and Fabrizio Cocchia (1931-?) circa 1970.  Three equal parellelipeds terminating in perspex light sources at each end, the design of this lamp was based on the Max Bill sculpture "Unity from three equal volumes" from 1961-66.  Reference: nova68.com New Lamp archive: #NLGFFC70A1, featured in Luce lampade 1968-1973: il nuovo design italiano, Fulvio Ferrari e Napoleone Ferrari, Allemandi editore.





Above (4 images): "New Lamp" model unknown (Riflessa Lamp) designed by Gianfranco Fini (1942-?) circa 1970.  Luminous panel in stainless steel steel with white lacquered metal.  The steel cubes are magnetic can be re-arranged.  This was a very large wall lamp measuring 81 x 81 x 10 cm.  Reference: nova68.com New Lamp archive: #NLGFRL1, featured in Luce lampade 1968-1973: il nuovo design italiano, Fulvio Ferrari e Napoleone Ferrari, Allemandi editore.






Above (5 images): "New Lamp" model unknown (Programma Lamp) designed by Gianfranco Fini (1942-?) circa 1970.  Internal color variations possibly caused by different type of light bulbs.  This is a very large wall lamp measuring (105.1 x 104.4 x 14.9 cm (41 3/8 x 41 x 5 7/8 inches). Reference: nova68.com New Lamp archive: #NLGF70P1, featured in F. Fulvio & N. Ferrari "Light Lamps 1968 - 1973 : New Italian Design" Edition Umberto Allemandi & C



Above (3 images): "New Lamp" model unknown (Interior Lamp) designed by Gianfranco Fini (1942-?) and Fabrizio Cocchia (1931-?) circa 1970.  Four plexiglass cubes with circular cut outs with light emitting from bottom.  There is also a transparent version of this lamp (not pictured).  Reference: nova68.com New Lamp archive: #NLGFFC70I1, featured in P. Palma & C. Vannicola "Italian Light 1960 - 1980 One hundred lamps from the Cortopassi Collection" - Editions Alinea - Florence 2004. Page 78. F. Fulvio & N. Ferrari "Light Lamps 1968 - 1973 : New Italian Design" Editions Umberto Allemandi & C. - Turin 2002.


Above (2 images): "New Lamp" model unknown (Divieto Lamp) designed by Gianfranco Fini (1942-?) and Fabrizio Cocchia (1931-?) circa 1970.  Twelve plexiglass rods are illuminated through circular cut outs from the lamps' base. It is possible that "New Lamp' produced other variations of this lamp (not pictured).  Reference: nova68.com New Lamp archive: #NLGFFCDVTI1.


Above (2 images): "New Lamp" model unknown (Spaziale Lamp) designed by Gianfranco Fini (1942-?) circa 1970.  Sixteen plexiglass rectangles through which light is emitted through small cut-outs in the base.  Reference: nova68.com New Lamp archive: #NLGF70S1, C. & P. Fiell "1000 lights 1960 to present" Editions Taschen - Cologne 2005, F. Fulvio & N. Ferrari "Light Lamps 1968 - 1973 : New Italian Design" Edition Umberto Allemandi & C. - Turin 2002


Above (1 image): "New Lamp" model unknown (A Variation on the Spaziale Lamp) designed by Gianfranco Fini (1942-?) circa 1970.  Fourteen plexiglass rectangles through which light is emitted through small cut-outs in a mirror polished stainless steel base.  Reference: nova68.com New Lamp archive: #NLGF70VS1.



Above (2 images): "New Lamp" model unknown (Modulo Lamp) designed by Giuseppe Ravasio (unknown date of birth) circa 1970.  Same designer as the G999 lamp by New Lamp (see top page).  Several stackered acrylic blocks that are internally lit.  This is a very large wall lamp measuring (108 x 50 x 10 cm). Reference: nova68.com New Lamp archive: #NLGRMD1.


Above (1 image): "New Lamp" model unknown (Ziggurat Lamp) designed by Fabrizio Cocchia (1931-?) circa 1970.  Reference: nova68.com New Lamp archive: #NLFCZT1.


Above (1 image): "New Lamp" model and name unknown.  Lamp designed by Ingrid Hsalmarson (unknown date of birth) circa 1970.  Ingrid Hsalmarson designed a total of four lamps for New Lamp as far as we know.  Transparent and red perspex.  This lamp measures about 28.7cm in height and 18cm wide. Reference: nova68.com New Lamp archive: #NLIHST1.


Above (1 image): "New Lamp" model unknown (Spirale Lamp) designed by Ingrid Hsalmarson (unknown date of birth) circa 1970.  Ingrid Hsalmarson designed a total of four lamps for New Lamp.  Heat bended fluorescent yellow perspex bended into a spiral on aluminum base.  This lamp measures about 60cm in height (20 inches). Reference: nova68.com New Lamp archive: #NLIHSL1.


Above (1 image): "New Lamp" model unknown (Quasar Lamp) designed by Gianfranco Fini circa 1969.  Reference: nova68.com New Lamp archive: #NLGFQSR1.




Above (3 images): "New Lamp" model unknown (Luna Lamp) designed by Rinaldo Cutini (unknown date of birth...do a search on google for the designer's name and you will find some pretty weird stuff - don't think there is a relation though) circa 1970.  This lamp measures about 60cm in diameter (20 inches). Reference: nova68.com New Lamp archive: #NLRLU1.

"New Lamp"
The mysterious Italian lighting manufacturer from the Sixties

I have a profound love for Italian lighting and have developped a special interest in the luminous creations by "New Lamp".  "New Lamp" was one of the most influential lighting manufacturers from the late 1960s and early 1970s, but it's very likely you've never heard about this company before.  Half a century after having mysteriously vanished from Roman soil (they had their headquarters in Rome Italy), the nearly forgotten lighting manufacturer is gaining renewed appreciation from a handfull of dedicated private collectors who seek out pieces at Italian antique stores and the occassional surprising flea market find.  "New Lamp" was a company that produced some of the most amazing lamps from 1968 until 1972; yet little is known about its founders or why "New Lamp" seemed to have disappeared into thin air by the end of 1972.  Perhaps the oil crisis marked the end of the visionary dreams of its founders?  I have searched for years to find more information about these light artisans but have come up with next to nothing.  There are only a handfull of other people with some knowledge such as Fulvio and Napoleone Ferrari based in Torino Italy and La Galerie Moderne in Paris.  But even they were unable to trace back "New Lamps' founders and designers.  So I have collected here some of the most beautiful works by "New Lamp" light artists such as Rinaldo Cutini, Giuseppe Ravasio, Ingrid Hsalmarson, Gianfranco Fini and Fabrizio Cocchia.  Inventive designers who are forgotten, under appreciated, or little known although they created some of the most brilliant lamp designs of the 20th century.  You will notice that most lamps have a design/production date of 1970; that is because the exact year of production remains unknown; these lamps were released anywhere from 1968 to 1972.  "New Lamp" never marked the production year on their lamps.  This is an active blog and new lamps will be added as-found so make sure to revisit this page.  Thank you for visiting this page!

Lucia Fontana,
Editor for NOVA68.com and moderndesign.org

NOVA68 Modern Design

Image Credits: Lucia Fontana for NOVA68 (New York), Fulvio and Napoleone Ferrari (Torino), La Galerie Moderne (Paris), Stardust Modern Design (California).