Sunday, December 12, 2010

Elvis table lamp | Charles Williams | FontanaArte, Italy | 1998

Elvis table lamp Elvis table lamp
FontanaArte, Italy, 1998

The Elvis table lamp is a contemporary table lamp designed by Charles Williams for FontanaArte in 1998. The lamp uses one 100W A19 Medium E26/27 incandescent bulb. Light is diffused through a blue methacrylate shade with embedded fabric.

Elvis table lamp, blue and white   Elvis table lamp in blue and white.  Image source:  FontanaArte.

The retail price on the lamp is $1,032.00 but it is available from numerous outlets at a discount.  The Elvis table lamp is 23.2” (59 cm) tall by 13.4” (34 cm) wide by 7.1” (18 cm) deep.

Elvis table lamp, schematic     Schematic of Elvis table lamp.  Image source:  FontanaArte.

In addition to the table lamp, there was also a floor lamp and sconces having two different configurations.  All were available in white or blue.

Fontana Arte logo

FontanaArte was founded by architect Gio Ponti in 1932 as an artistic division of the company Luigi Fontana.  Historically, the company was a leader in advanced glass manufacturing and design. The design company's works were first distinguished by its stained-glass windows, many of which today adorn churches and cathedrals, amongst them the Milan Cathedral (Duomo di Milano) and the Cathedral of Brasilia (Catedral Metropolitana Nossa Senhora Aparecida). By using glass, Ponti realized what an enormous potential this material could offer in the making of furnishing complements for interiors.

Urged by this intuition he stated to design and produce furniture, lamps, and objects featuring glass. In a short time a new collection was ready to be marketed, and his new design concept was being used as a complement to the interior decoration of many houses that he personally designed.  The vision eventually expanded to include a much greater diversity of materials.  Click here for the FontanaArte US Master Catalog 2010/2011 as a pdf file.

Elvis lamp methacrylate shade                                      Elvis lamp methacrylate shade.

 Elvis table lamp, technical data sheet   Elvis table lamp technical data sheet (from 2010/2011 catalog). 


Retrieved November 20, 2010 from All Modern Lighting Web Site: http://www.allmodernlighting.com/FontanaArte-M5265-P5267-BL-fon1014.html

Retrieved November 20, 2010 from FontanaArte Web Site: http://www.fontanaartestore.com/media/downloads_page/FontanaArte_US_Master_Catalogue_2010_2011.zip

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