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Table/Floor lamp Medusa by Olaf von Bohr for Valenti Luce, 1968

Table/Floor lamp Medusa by Olaf von Bohr for Valenti Luce, 1968

[SOLD] Mesmeric table or floorlamp by Olaf von Bohr. Van Bohr is born in Austria in 1927.


After his education at the Blochener Furniture School in Munich (Germany) as furniture maker and architect, he went to Milan (Italy) to work for the prestigeous and leading fashion store La Rinascente. In 1960 he started his own company. In 1970 he was awarded with the Compasso d'Oro for his shelving unit followed by a second Compasso d'Oro in 1972 for his design for a coat rack produced by Kartell. The latter being part of the permanent collection at the MoMa in New York. In 1997 his Isis chair was chosen Chair of the Year during the International Furniture contest.


The Medusa lamp is part of the permanent collection of the Italian Design of the Milan Triennale. Sinuous and seductive, Medusa combines the principles of intelligent and minimalist styling with timeless overtones of dreams and poetry.

It is constructed of white lacquered sheetmetal strips that wind from bottom to top creating an impressive swirl. The two light sources create a mesmerizing lighting effect.


The name Medusa origins from ancient Greek: Μέδουσα, which was a Greek mythological monster whose hair was formed by dangling snakes. Together with Steno and Euriale, she was one of the three Gorgons, daughters of the marine divinities Forco and Ceto. According to the myth, the Gorgons had the power to petrify anyone who met their gaze and, of the three, Medusa was the only one who was not immortal. The name of this lamp derives from this mythological figure: the shape of the Medusa is reminiscent of the snakes that made up the Gorgon’s hair.


In excellent condition with no deformations or paint damages. Light dimmer/switch in the electrical cord. In full working order, ready to enjoy. It holds two E27 bulbs (conventional or LED).


A rare opportunity to own an important piece of lighting design!


Height: 65cm

Width: 37cm


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