Martinelli Luce's releases golden 'Serpente' lamp
The Elio Martinelli-designed Serpente lamp is turning 50 this year, and to celebrate the anniversary, Martinelli Luce releases a limited edition of the iconic fixture. The significance of the original is signalled well by the fact that the lamp is in use at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. Though it looks simple upon first glance, the form is highly complex from a technical point of view: the curve of the tubular arm and the final molding process were only achieve after a long series of prototypes. Conceived with the “esprit nouveau” in mind, the Serpente coming from the mid-century recalls the best of art nouveau.
The 2016 edition takes this luscious feel to a next level with the gold colouring, and the fact that only 100 pieces have been made. The mysterious and at the same time dainty snake-like form becomes even more prominent with the new coating. Releasing anniversary reissues of classics is not unusual from Martinelli Luce: last year, when the Pipisterllo and Minimpipistrello lamps turned 50, an equally limited, gilded number was sold for the biggest pleasure of design collectors.
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