Bilia Mini table lamp, designed by Gio Ponti for FontanaArte, is an Italian design classic from 1932. Bilia Mini combines two essential geometric shapes, a sphere and a cone, in a skilful and balanced manner. The round, frosted glass shade is supported by an upward-tapering metallic base. Bilia Mini range consists of compact yet captivating table lamps in either metallic finishes or coated in colours.
Bilia Mini table lamp, brass
- Glass, metal
- 12 cm
- 26 cm
- Bulb base
- Light source
- 6W LED (recommend, not included)
- Colour temperature
- 2,700 K
- Luminous flux
- 470 lm
- IP rating
- Protection class
- Energy label
- A++ - E
- 220–240 V
- Certifications and labels
- CE, EAC
- EU plug
- Cable length
- 200 cm
- Cable colour
- Cable material
- Switch on the cable cord.
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Giovanni "Gio" Ponti (1891–1979) was an Italian architect, industrial and furniture designer and publisher, and one the most influential names of modern design. After receiving his architect’s diploma from Politecnico di Milano University in 1921, Ponti created a versatile career that seamlessly combined architecture and design — in addition to the building and its interior, he often designed the furniture, lighting and even tableware to fit together. In Milan, there are about 40 buildings that Ponti has designed.
In 1928 Ponti founded the architecture and design magazine Domus that is still being published today, and in the years 1931–1961 he worked as a professor of architecture in Politecnico di Milano. Some of his best known designs include the lightweight Superleggera chair and an elegant collection of mirrors, and in architecture he is famous for buildings such as Milan’s Pirelli tower and the Denver Art Museum.
During his career Ponti obtained many notable recognitions such as the Accademia d'Italia Art Prize, a title of Commander by the Swedish Royal Order of Vasa, an honorary doctorate from the London Royal College of Art and a gold medal from the Paris Académie d'Architecture. His design philosophy was guided by the Italian mentality of ”la dolce vita”: besides just practical functionality, he wanted to fill life with joy, colours and pleasure.
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