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11 classic lights you should know by name

6 April 2016

Some trends come and go but these classic lights have stood the test of time. From pendants to lamps of all sizes, these are the classic lights you should know by name.   

Tizio is a desk lamp created by Richard Sapper for Artemide in 1972. It was selected for the Compasso d'Oro industrial design award in 1979. An item of it is part of the collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art and of the Museum of Modern Art. 

SNOOPY table lamp providing direct light through a thick glass disc and an enameled reflector, both resting in perfect balance on a white marble base. Originally designed by Achille and Pier Giacomo Castiglioni in 1967, re-introduced in 2003. 

The Tolomeo desk lamp from Artemide Lighting is the icon of Italian contemporary design. Designed in 1986. Popular amongst architects and design aficionados, Tolomeo features a 360 degree rotating shade and arm structure held together by steel tension cables

The Raimond lamp: a perfect sphere of mathematical ingredients punctuated by tiny LED lights. Looking at the lamp feels like staring into the soft glow of a starry night. Into the essence.

The Taccia table lamp was designed in 1962 by the brothers Achille Castiglioni and Pier Giacomo Castiglioni for the Italian lamp manufacturer Flos. The Taccia design lamp with its impressive and timeless design is a real lamp classic from the 1960s. The glass bowl of the Taccia lies loosely and adjustable on top of the massive base 

Inspired by the sculptural simplicity of brass cooking pots and traditional vessels used in India. Each light is spun and hand-beaten, available in a range of colors and as pendants, floor or table light. 

The Biagio lamp was designed by Tobia Scarpa in 1968 and has been in production since then. This modernist table light is carved out of a single piece of fine white Italian Carrara marble. The one of a kind shape of the Biagio demands attention as it represents class & elegance.

Bang Boom Zettel'z is the second limited edition version of the Zettle'Z. The sheets are made of Japanese paper printed on both sides. The dynamic illustrations and choice of colours make a wonderous glow and powerful effect. 

The Glo- Ball designed in 1998 by jasper Morrison. The simple concept behind the Glo-ball family of lights is to obtain the maximum diffusion of light, this is achieved by the use of hand-blown, etched white opaline glass. The form: a flattened globe appears, like the moon, as a flat disc when illuminated. 

Arco designed by Achille & Pier Giacomo Castiglioni. The Arco lamp has been in continuous production since 1962 and is now considered a design classic. One of the unique features of this design is that every part has a function including the beveled corners (designed not to hurt) and the hole for easier lifting of the base. 


Random by Moooi was designed by Bertjan Pot in 1999. Hugely dramatic, light as a feather and distinctly Dutch, the Random Light is a modernist craft project of sorts.