LET THERE BE LUCE – Italian Lighting Brand

Martinelli Luce, the preeminent Italian lighting brand was at New York’s Industria Superstudio recently to participate in the citywide annual NYCxDESIGN festivities. The presentation provided interior designers, architects, design enthusiasts, and other industry insiders an abridged review of the brand’s extensive catalogue and now legendary lamps created in collaboration with some of the world’s brilliant artists and designers. Of exciting significance to the attendees were two designs by acclaimed architects: the art deco looking Pipistrello series, originally designed by Gae Aulenti in 1965 and is today part of the permanent collection at the Museum of Modern Art, and the Marx (1928), manufactured from the original design by Richard Neutra.


Other stand outs were: noted industrial designer Karim Rashid’s Cyborg (2015), with touch sensitive capabilities to modulate the light’s intensity; Elica (2009) a propeller bar of light by Compasso d’Oro award winner Brian Sironi; the Elmetto (1976) with an adjustable reflector dome by Emilio Martinelli; the Hoop (2013) by Adolini+Simonini Associati; the Fluida (2013) by Marco De Santi and Alessandro Paoletti’s Studio Natural; and the Trilly by Emiliana Martinelli. Founded over six decades ago by Elio Martinelli, the brand’s creative partnerships have included countless other talents through the years such as Sergio Asti, Studio Orlandini, Marc Sadler, Luc Ramael, Studio Lucchi & Biserni, Angelo Micheli, Michel Bouquillon, Studio 4P1B, and others. Still, each piece remains unquestionably emblematic of Martinelli Luce’s clean, geometric designs, functionality, dynamic technical innovation, and uncompromising standards.


Aside from its popularity for beautiful residential ceiling, wall, hanging and table lamps, the brand is also exalted in commercial circles for its ingenious systems designed for illuminating offices, shops, cinema halls, hotels, museums, and outdoor spaces using applied technology in the optimization of energy efficiency. This family led brand has received multiple design awards for individual pieces as well as commissioned and customized projects that allow interior designers, architects and contractors to flawlessly integrate the proper lighting to their spaces. The Martinelli Luce event gave New Yorkers a wonderful opportunity a vedere la luce.

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Images courtesy of Martinelli Luce

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