Angelo Lelli

The lamps designed by Angelo Lelli (or Lelii), (Ancona, 1915 - Monza, 1979) evoke, with their sculptural character and dynamic mechanisms, the art of Alexander Calder, Hans Arp and Constantin Brâncuși. After moving to Monza in the early '40s, Lelli started to produce lamps in the basement of his home, and in 1947 founded Arredoluce, one of the most prominent lighting Italian brands of the 20th century, standing out for its high-profile executive precision and clean design. In 1947 Lelli also exhibited his most iconic floor lamp, the "12128" at the Milan Triennale exhibition, followed by other well-known models such as the "Eye" (1950), the "Stellina” (1950), and the sculptural lamp “Cobra” (1964), a uniquely shaped piece which incorporates the transformer in its base. During the '50s, Arredoluce collaborated with Franco Albini, NandaVigo, Achille Castiglioni, Gio Ponti and Ettore Sottsass, while exporting products to the United States, experimenting with the use of halogen bulbs and perfecting its unique switches. Closed after Lelli's death, the company was recently relaunched as part of the Penta lighting group.

Meet the designers

Gio Ponti

Piero Fornasetti

Fratelli Castiglioni

Joe Colombo

Nanda Vigo

Ettore Sottsass

Marco Zanuso

Luigi Caccia Dominioni

Ico Parisi

Charles & Ray Eames

Gae Aulenti

Pietro Chiesa

Vico Magistretti

Giotto Stoppino

Tobia Scarpa

Carlo Nason

Marcello Cuneo

Vittorio Dassi

Paolo Buffa

Max Ingrand

Gastone Rinaldi

Pia Guidetti Crippa

Gaetano Pesce

Richard Sapper

Ingo Maurer

Gabriella Crespi

Paul McCobb

Paul Tuttle


Alvaro Siza

Carl Jacob Jucker

Ernesto Basile

Sergio Mazza

Osvaldo Borsani

Oscar Torlasco

Le Corbusier

Willy Rizzo

Gaetano Sciolari

Carlo De Carli

Angelo Lelli

Gino Sarfatti

Marcel Breuer

Carlo Scarpa

Massimo & Lella Vignelli

Aldo Tura

Verner Panton

Guglielmo Ulrich

Franco Albini

Angelo Mangiarotti

Enzo Mari

Tito Agnoli

Eero Saarinen

Ludwig Mies van der Rohe

Alessandro Mendini

Cleto Munari

Carlo Mollino