Ceramic and industrial design might seem different and potentially opposite domains. The art and craft of a primal material, vis-à-vis the science and application of engineering and technology in modern era. However, things are more complex and interwined.
In the 60s and 70s – the golden age of sparkling creativity some visionary designers managed to blend these two domains. With this inspiration, they created timeless pieces as harmonic as a Vodka Martini!
Take the legendary ceramic lamps by Marcello Cuneo. The uniqueness of lamp like Longobarda and SC3 is the idea of using high quality ceramic to build a ‘unibody’ structure. This way they made objects as simple as durable.
The versatility of ceramic allowed to create awesome design pieces, graced with shining and distinctive colors. Tyipically the best examnples were flame red, mandarin orange, mustard yellow, deep green.
Still today, these awesome lamps represent a great testament of an utopic and visionary age.