Italian Modernist Lighting by PoliArte













Icons of Modernist Italian Lighting
PoliArte, Verona, Italy

Lighting by PoliArte Verona, Italy.  We love these beautiful light fixtures created by PoliArte in the late 1960s.  The designer of these lamps remains unfortunately unknown since PoliArte never attached the name of their creator.  Verona is reasonably close to Murano so it is possible that many of these lamps were actually designed and/or manufactured in Murano instead of Verona.  Hopefully we will be able to provide more background information on PoliArte in the near future. What we do know is that PoliArte was one of the leading Italian lighting manufacturers during the 1960s and early 1970s, riding perhaps on the final wave of popular interest in beautiful yet expensive Italian lighting from the 1950s throughout the early 1970s (Arredoluce, Arteluce, FontanaArte, Martinelli Luce, AV Mazzega, O-Luce, Stilnovo, Venini, Vistosi, etc).  PoliArte produced some of the most amazing Italian modernist glass lamps from that period. Their highly sculptural light fixtures successfully blended daring materials such as bare concrete, stainless steel and hand cut beveled glass in carefully selected artistic color compositions. Unfortunately PoliArte went out of business around the time of the 1973 oil crisis which caused a dramatic shift in consumer spending.  But once in a while you can still get lucky; these beautiful modern Italian design lamps show up occasionally at Italian flea markets and antique stores.  Easier yet, try your luck on 1stdibs or eBay.