Optunia pendant lamp
Optunia is a family of lighting elements that comes in four variants for tabletop (with or without stem), floor, wall and suspension. Its functionality lies in the possibility of rotating the two discs that make up the nearly 360-degree head, opening up an extraordinary number of lighting combinations. The lower disc rotates on one axis, while the upper disk simultaneously rotates on a second axis, perpendicular to the first. This double movement gives Optunia to the advantages of both direct and indirect light emission, which exploits the surface of the wall or ceiling to produce a soft light. Complementing its functionality is a design reminiscent of a form found in nature: the two disks resemble the pads of the prickly pear, Opuntia ficus indica, from which the lamp takes its name. A family of exceptional technical sophistication, whose form is further emphasized by its colors: opaque white, bold and clean; dark mirrored chrome, which recalls the preciousness of metal; a darker shade resembling onyx; and quartz, whose color shifts from dark brown to black.
Optunia pendant by Fontana Arte official dealer, 2 years warranty.
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Founded in 1932 by Luigi Fontana, owner of an important glass manufacturing company, and Gio Ponti, FontanaArte was the first Italian business to establish itself in the interior design sector. Continually experimenting with new ways of defining contemporary decoration, Gio Ponti brought in Pietro Chiesa, already owner of an artisan glass-making workshop. Together, the two rapidly turned FontanaArte into one of the most important players in the elaboration of early modernity for Italian home furnishing accessories.
In the fifties, Max Ingrand took over as artistic director at the company. This period was one of great modernization of company processes, heading towards a regime of industrial-style production. For FontanaArte, the eighties were a dynamic period of cultural regeneration that asserted the company’s role as one of the absolute main players in Italy and international design. Artistic direction was entrusted to Gae Aulenti who, by involving a large number of very diverse designers, very young or already famous, insisted on research that explored the most expressive experiences in Italian design.
In 1998, the Italian Association for Industrial Design (ADI) awarded the Compasso d’Oro for career to FontanaArte, highlighting in its reasons how the company, by involving different designers, had managed to create a lively creative climate that had upgraded one of the historic names in Italian design.