The Sonora lamp turns 40

This year Oluce celebrates the birthday of one of the most emblematic products designed by Vico Magistretti over the course of his long collaboration with the company: the Sonora lamp.

In 2016 this archetype of lighting celebrates 40 years and Oluce has chosen to commemorate this event with an exhibition on display within the Understate spaces – a Milanese trend and style workshop renowned among design enthusiasts – and with a video created together with the Fondazione Magistretti.

From 6 October to 1 December the “hemisphere” will be the focus of an exhibit on display in the Understate spaces, an installation which will include Vico Magistretti’s original sketches and designs, as well as all of the various versions of the lamp that have been produced through the years, creating a sort of time-line of images: a concept that becomes a design, a product, and finally an icon.

Thus the space’s two levels will act as a showcase for the most well-known Sonora models like the majestic model 493 measuring 130cm in diameter, as well as the latest versions included in the catalogue, with a gold or black finish and measuring 38cm and 50cm in diameter.
Several ad hoc models with all-new finishes have been created specifically for the exhibit, demonstrating how, even after 40 years, an icon still has the power to captivate people. In fact, Oluce has revisited the body of the lamp, now making it available in bespoke finishes a sophisticated bronze finish.

6 October – 1 December
Viale Francesco Crispi, 5

Photo by Paolo Imperatori

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