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Serpente by Elio Martinelli for Martinelli Luce, Italy 1965

Serpente by Elio Martinelli for Martinelli Luce, Italy 1965

[SOLD] Iconic floor lamp by Elio Martinelli from the 60's. This is model 2131, also known as 'the Serpente" referring to the typical movements of a snake. It spreads a diffused light through the acrylic shade.


Elio Martinelli was born in Lucca, Tuscany in 1921. He studied as a set designer at the Institute of Fine Arts in Florence. At first, he worked for his father’s business within the lighting sector. Soon he began designing and installing lighting systems that resulted in the founding of his own company Martinelli Luce in 1950. He focused originally on interior design and lamps for retail outlets, hotels, restaurants, and public houses. Elio Martinelli designed many famous lamps. Many of them are still in production.


Designed in 1965 by Elio Martinelli, the Serpente is made of methacrylate molding techniques innovative for the time in which it was designed and its geometric shape and dynamism revives the atmosphere of those years decisive for the success of  Italian design in the world.


In very good condition with almost no signs of age or discolorisation. Totally original. Cleaned, checked and electrically sound.


Height: 122cm

Diameter shade: 50cm




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