Retro Illumination

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Retro Illumination

Who doesn’t love a mushroom lamp? This year lighting is all about voluptuous forms, bold colours and ambient glows. Discover our pick of the best retro lighting designs.



Founded in Milan, Stilnovo create innovative lighting solutions with a playful spirit. In 1965 Giovanni Luigi Gorgoni designed the Buonanotte Table Lamp - epitomising the energy and futuristic character of mid-century industrial design. 

Small, yet mighty, this distinctive table lamp is inspired by the phases of the moon with a rotating adjustable metal shade, allowing the light source to be gently eclipsed at different levels.


Nesso Lamp


In 1965, the Urban Architects Group “Città Nuova”, led by designer Giancarlo Mattioli, entered the competition “Studio Artemide Domus di Milano”, with the aim of discovering new ways to experience light.
The submitted project was a lamp inspired by the shape of mushroom, emitting a warm, ambient light from a concealed light source. The design received great acclaim and so the Nesso Lamp was born.

Bellhop by Barber Osgerby


The origins of the Bellhop Table Lamp stem from the desire to create a high-tech, modern day candle, that can be easily carried to different locations around the house and even used outside. The collection, designed by Barber Osgerby for Flos, is available in six vibrant finishes.


Snoopy Lamp

Designed by Achille and Pier Giacomo Castiglioni for Flos in 1967, the Snoopy table lamp references the famous cartoon character created by Charles M. Schulz, from which it takes its name. This design classic combines a white Carrara marble base with a glass diffuser, now available in a brand new gloss orange finish.


The Castiglioni brother’s design ethos often referenced Dadaist principals of the readymade, creating new forms with existing elements. The Lampadina Desk Lamp celebrates the humble industrial lightbulb, underlining the technicality of light.

By Jennifer Ring

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