As Seen in New York Times Magazine November 2011
Instead of creating products that would simply light a dark hallway or brighten up your favorite reading spot, Artemide set out more than 50 years ago to create lighting that is a companion to people. Since then, the Italian manufacturer has created lighting fixtures that are as alluring in looks as they are in functionality. Partnerships with world-renowned designers have led to highlevel recognition for Artemide designs, from awards (such as the Compasso d'Oro award for lifetime achievement) to the induction into permanent design collections (including New York's Museum of Modern Art).
One of the most beloved floor lamp designs and part of the famous Tolomeo Collection designed by Michele De Lucci and Giancarlo Fassina is now dark and dramatic in black. This unmistakable icon has the elegance of a show‐stopping floor lamp with the utility of a desk lamp. The articulated arm adjusts in height, length and tilt, and can reach a mega‐stretch of more than 6 feet.
Hey, nice legs! Bring high design to the dining room with a playful reminiscence of a plastic ball pit. Created by Dutch designer Bertjan Pot in 2006, the Balls Table gets its name from the rows of spheres that comprise its legs, which can be configured differently depending on seating arrangements. Even better, those legs fold flat so the table can be easily stored or transported—though, of course, the best place for it is on display.
A stunning ceramic centerpiece and shapely statement-maker for the tabletop from Michele De Lucci and Elisa Gargan. Produzione Privata produces objects to create a sense of intimacy with the owner—rather than being showy and provocative, these designs can be implemented into many individual homes, meaning something different and personal to each person.
by Verner Panton with Vitra
From one of the most influential mid‐century designers, Verner Panton, who became known for his imaginative designs in everything from furniture to lighting to textiles. With a particular passion for plastic (a new material at the time), Panton wanted to create a comfortable, all‐purpose chair molded from a single piece. His search for a manufacturer is what actually led him to Vitra, and the pair developed and introduced the now‐famous chair to the public in 1967. The Museum of Modern Art in New York owns one of the first models of the Panton Chair, which has since become widely recognized as a classic piece of modern furniture.