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Martinelli Luce, lamp Cobra

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appy Birthday Cobra: the table lamp originally designed by Elio Martinelli for Martinelli Luce in 1968 is half a century old and to mark this occasion it comes out with a totally new look. With different looks as a matter of fact. In fact, to celebrate in great style, Martinelli Luce has involved various designers in the project, including some of Elio Martinelli’s long-term friends and designers that currently work with the brand.

Every designer involved have given his own interpretation of the Cobra lamp and each re-edition is going to be manufactured in a limited edition of only 30 numbered pieces. In the sixties, this iconic table lamp was definitely ahead of its time and paved the way for the future. Now, Cobra is back in the spotlight once again, proving that its design is still extremely current.

One of the first lamps to be made from thermosetting resin and manufactured following a specific moulding process, Cobra is the archetype of perfection: its spherical body (made from two moulded parts with a steel base) is inspired by simple geometry, yet its technology brakes this balance turning it into a dynamic object that rotates by 360°, becoming a cobra.

Simple yet unconventional at the same time, Cobra is an adjustable lamp with direct light and its futurist silhouette will always seem ahead of its time. Not surprisingly, throughout the years Cobra has showed up on the big screen and in many museums (from the exhibition Space Age Lights at the Triennale Design Museum in Milan to the film Men in black III).

From the 27th February onwards, all the re-editions that celebrate fifty years of Cobra are on display at the Triennale di Milano part of a special exhibit. We bet that once again Cobra is going to take us towards the future.


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