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Cobra Table Lamp
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Cobra Table Lamp

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Recalling sculptor Constantin Brancusi's audacious forms, the brass stem of the Cobra table lamp, created by Italian designer Angelo Lelii (1911–79), casts a long and slender shadow beneath a magnetized adjustable sphere, or “socket,” where the bulb is positioned. The curious socket fixture is tucked inside a cobra-like “hood” that gave the lamp its name. Lelii’s revolutionary 1962 design allowed for light to be directed according to preference, and a dimming switch controls the intensity of the light. It was among the first lamps to use low voltage, thanks to the transformer housed in its base. As one of the best-known examples of postwar Italian lighting, it encapsulated the design ethos and emphasis on innovation long associated with Arredoluce, the lighting company Lelii founded in 1943.


Raised in Monza — where he would also begin to work with lighting in the late 1930s — Lelii encountered considerable success as a designer after several of his lamps appeared in Domus, the design journal cofounded by Giò Ponti. Arredoluce was a prolific firm, and counted Ponti, Ettore Sottsass Jr. and other well-known figures as designers, with many contributions coming from Lelii himself. Famous for a free-flowing exchange between factory workers and designers, Arredoluce helped define Italy’s modernist lighting industry, alongside companies such as Arteluce and Oluce.


Lelii’s simple and spare Cobra fell out of production, as did the company’s other designs, after Arredoluce shuttered following the maker’s death. Today, the lamp remains a striking encapsulation of the minimalist, technically advanced design principles he cultivated there. Demand for Lelii’s provocative and sculptural work has only increased over the years.


Angelo Lelii Cobra Table Lamp

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Cobra Light Sculpture Lamp, Angelo Lelli, 1964
By Angelo Lelii, Arredoluce
Located in Saint-Ouen, FR
Angelo Lelli (1911–1979) Iconic table lamp "Cobra", made by Arredoluce, 1964 Chrome Date of manufacture 1964.
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Mid-20th Century Italian Table Lamps

Materials

Chrome, Aluminum, Steel

"Cobra" Table Lamp by Angelo Lelli for Arredoluce
By Angelo Lelii, Arredoluce
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Cobra table lamp by Angelo Lelli for Arredoluce. Designed and manufactured in Italy, circa 1960s. Brass shade, encasing a magnetic, steel eyeball. Original cord. Takes one E27 Europe...
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Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

Materials

Metal, Brass, Steel

Angelo Lelli Cobra Light Sculpture, Lamp, 1964 by Arredoluce, 1st Edition
By Angelo Lelii, Arredoluce
Located in Munster, NRW
Legendary table lamp "Cobra" by Angelo Lelli, mod° 12919 made by Arredoluce, 1964 stem in chromed steel, base in white lacquered metal, Italy. 1st series edition, with orignal l...
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Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

Materials

Chrome

Cobra Lamp by Angelo Lelli for Arredoluce, 1960s
By Angelo Lelii, Arredoluce
Located in Echt, NL
Beautiful Arredoluce 'Cobra' lamp in good condition. Design: Angelo Lelli, Italy, 1960s. Crème lacquered metal base. Pivoting magnitized oxide steel ball which holds the socket ...
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20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

Materials

Metal, Brass

Anelo Lelii for Arredoluce Cobra Table Lamp or Eye Lamp
By Angelo Lelii, Arredoluce
Located in Kansas City, MO
Angelo Lelii cobra table lamp, Arredoluce, Italy, 1964. Chrome-plated brass, enameled aluminum, blackened steel This lamp has been registered in the Arredoluce Archives, Italy as n...
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Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

Materials

Aluminum, Steel, Chrome

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