appy birthday to Sonora, the iconic pendant lamp designed in 1976 by Vico Magistretti for Oluce. Throughout the years, this iconic hemisphere went through a variety of different incarnations, before finding its true self. Sonora first came out with a turned aluminium lampshade painted white (available in three different sizes), attached to a black electric cable with canopy in white PVC.
And these are the styles, which have graced our shelves since 1990: 411 in bleached opal Murano glass with a 50 cm diameter; 438 with a 30 cm diameter; 490 with a 90 cm diameter available in a choice of opaline methacrylate, block white, black, see-through or see-through in a variety of different colours; 493 with a 133 cm diameter in opaline or block white. Last but not least, the 490/R deluxe version which came out in 2009: block methacrylate with inner lampshade in gold leaf, a detail which highlights the timeless elegance of this iconic light.
This year, in order to celebrate 40 successful years, Oluce has launched 4 new styles, available in either black metal or gold in a variety of different sizes. What’s more, on the 6th October, which is Vico Magistretti’s birthday, Oluce hosts a celebratory event for Sonora: key player will be the #40annidisonora video, filmed in partnership with the Fondazione Magistretti.
Narrating voice is Margherita Pellino, Vico Magistretti’s niece, who also plays an active role at the Fondazione Magistretti. Through sketches, ideas and objects of interest, Margherita illustrates the link between Sonora and it’s designer. And once again, this is testament of how a well designed piece can be timeless as well as relevant to the times we live in.