Decorative Table Lamp
Designed by Joe Colombo
Topo is a fascinating object of automotive inspiration: the slits on the metal shell are reminiscent of the vents on a 1960s sports car, whilst the lampshade’s form corresponds to the casing of the classic E27 bulb it contains, like the bodywork encasing an engine. The jointed metal arms allow the lamp to be extend or retracted at will.
Joe Colombo, a pseudonym of Cesare Colombo, is an extremely original Milanese sculptor, painter, architect, and designer. His style, defined as “futuristic”, determined by original figures inspired by the most disparate sources, dynamic furniture systems, and the use of flamboyant metals and colors, contributed to changing the day-to-day life, habits, and customs of Italians and people throughout the world.
To this day, almost fifty years after his death, his most iconic products never cease to amaze.
Twice winner of the Premio Compasso d’Oro (1967 – Spider lamp, 1970 – Candy air conditioner), of the Gold Medal at the Milan Triennale in 1964, and of First Prize at the SMAU in Milan in 1971.