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Elio Martinelli Serpente Lamp

Serpente Floor Lamp

The Serpente lamp was designed by Elio Martinelli for his own lighting label, Martinelli Luce.
The Serpente lamp is available as a table lamp and also in a floor lamp edition. Elio Martinelli designed the Serpente lamps in 1965. The lamp has a beautiful Space Age form with attractive curves.

Serpente Table Lamp

The period commonly referred to as the "Space Age" took place in four years, the period between 1968-1972. It found it's origin with the preparation and the actual landing on the moon in 1969. Round shapes like the astronaut's helmet gave inspiration to designers everywhere. Who doesn't remember the Videosphere, Weltron or Panasonic's Panapet.

Above: JVC Videosphere

Above: Weltron Turntable

Space Age design ruled the world during the following years. Living through these fantastic years between 1968 and 1972 felt like a gold rush. But the oil crisis of 1973 closed the doors of the Space Age party. The period when the world turned to plastic for it's every day needs left us with mind dazzling and free spirited creations from designers like Verner Panton, Olivier Mourgue, Joe Colombo, Eero Saarinen, Eero Aarnio and many more. Critics now look back to this period and recognize it was one of the most important periods of 20th century design.

The Serpente lamp has become one of the classic icons of 20th Century Design and can be found in museum collections worldwide, including the permanent collection of The Metropolitan Museum of Art New York.