Contemporary futurism: Luminator lamp reissue

The functional sculpture designed by Luciano Baldessari in 1929 is back in production thanks to the work of the Italian company Codiceicona.

Futurism was an artistic movement that claimed the total revolution of the world, not only aesthetic but concretely linked to everyday life. If we all know Marinetti's poems, Depero's illustrations and Sant'Elia's projects, less known but equally important is the work of the architect Luciano Baldessari, and in particular his Luminator lamp, which was one of his most audacious projects, capable of perfectly synthesising the futurist will to integrate art and life.

The Luminator lamp at Expo 1929 in Barcelona. © Baldessari Archive

Presented for the 1929 Universal Exhibition in Barcelona – the occasion on which Mies van der Rohe built the famous Pavilion – the Luminator lamp is both an illuminating and functional object for displaying fabrics. A white upside-down cone, an extruded chrome-plated aluminium cylinder and a red and black rotating arm are the basic components of the sculptural work. Mounted on ball bearings that allow the rotation, the anthropomorphic and dynamic forms represent a graceful movement: the turn of a dancer. 

A model of the Luminator lamp type Barcelona. © Baldessari Archive

The creation of Baldessari is timeless and after 90 years still in production thanks to Codiceicona, which has updated the technical components without changing its shape. The Italian trademark enhances the most significant creative expressions of twentieth century design, acquiring the rights to iconic works from architects or their heirs and using Italian craftsmen or companies to give them new life.

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