Pipistrello Lamp

Gae Aulenti

Italian architect Gae Aulenti first designed the beloved and iconic Pipistrello lamp in 1965, manufactured by Martinelli Luce. Though the shape of the opal shade is reminiscent of a flower blossom with Art Nouveau undertones, the telescopic base is more austere with a machine-like, industrial expression. The marriage of these two seemingly disparate approaches was characteristic of Aulenti, who designed for a wide variety of disciplines, including products, graphics, furniture, lighting and buildings – perhaps her architectural triumph is considered the Musée d’Orsay in Paris, completed between 1980-1986.

Dimensions: Shade Ø 21" x Base Ø 14" x H 29”

Year: c. 1970

Material: White opal methacrylate shade, telescopic brushed steel stem with back base