Vintage Italian Table Lamp "Serpente" by Elio Martinelli for LUCE, 1970s.
Mid-century Italian design


This lamp is an excellent example of lighting design which is influenced by nature and is an outstanding design of the 20th century. The swivel arm uncoils from the central base to rise up and support the domed shade that provided diffused illumination It casts beautiful, diffused light from its swiveling upper arm with white opal methacrylate diffuser and there is a metal lacquered structure available in white.

Elio Martinelli was born in Lucca in 1922/2004.

He attends a vocational school and afterwards he obtains a diploma at the Academy of Fine Arts in Florence as stage designer; over the years he gives his contribution, thanks to his creativity, to the development of his father’s, Plinio, business in the lighting sector. After few years and after several experiences in the stage design sector, he starts his own business into his office located in the old town center in Lucca.

At the beginning he focuses on interior design and fitting for shops, restaurants, hotels and pubs. Because of the need to finish his plans, he draws and carries out lighting devices on his own. We are in the 50s, the production starts and the first catalogue is issued. During these years, Elio Martinelli emphasizes his simple and rigorous inspiration giving a strong boost to his company which becomes a reference point for the Italian design in the lighting


Product Specification

Designer Elio Martinelli
Maker LUCE
Period 1970-1979
Origin Italy
Style Elio Martinelli
Materials Steel, Acrylic
Condition Good. Lightly used, with very light scratches. Hardly visible.
Dimensions Elio Martinelli

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