Munari’s Falkland lamp: genius and stockings


Parodying the famous “Give me a lever and I shall move the world” traditionally attributed to Archimedes, Bruno Munari once said, “Give me four stones and a piece of tissue paper and I shall make you a wonderland”.

For the Falkland lamp, designed by the Milanese artist in 1964 and made by Danese, perhaps he could have said, “Give me stockings and metal ring and I shall light up your life”.

Indeed, Munari first consulted a stocking manufacturer to create this splendid light, which is 1.6 meters tall and 40 centimeters wide when fully extended.

It was a brilliant idea, and one of the wonderful intuitions the great Italian designer brought to… light!

February 21, 2018