Designed in 1969, the Gravita lamp is finally on the market

Conceived in 1969 but never produced due to technical limitations, the Gravita lamp by Antonio Macchi Cassia for Stilnovo is now listed for a Golden Compass.

Antonio Macchi Cassia, Gravita per Stilnovo, 2018

Designed by Antonio Macchi Cassia for Stilnovo, Gravita is a table lamp consisting of a pair of spheres: one in glass and a metal ‘satellite’ that can be oriented in any direction. The metal sphere is cut in the lower part and is fixed inside the glass one. The two parts are held together by magnets that adhere perfectly to the curved surface of the glass. In this way the metal sphere can slide and rotate freely on the surface of the glass sphere, changing the orientation of the light beam.    

The two spheres correspond to two lamps, with independent lighting, which generate two different types of light: the glass sphere returns a diffused light, the metal sphere an oriented light. For the realization of the glass sphere, Stilnovo asked Venetian master glassblowers to blow the glass, maintaining the same thickness in every point.

Antonio Macchi Cassia

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