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Topolino Table Lamp
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MoMA Exclusive: Celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, the Topolino Table Lamp is a 1970 design by Joe Colombo that is an object in MoMA’s collection. The curved lines of the lampshade envelop the shape of the traditional light bulb conjuring up the image of a charming little mouse, hence its name Topolino which is Italian for “little mouse.” Inspired by photography studio lamps, the Topolino is a sturdy table lamp that has a flexible gooseneck and adjustable head to focus illumination.The five slots on the diffuser cap dissipate the heat preventing direct glare while the black handle makes it possible to direct the light. The geometry and mechanics of the adjustable feature lends a pleasing industrial aesthetic to the design. Made in Italy from chromed tubular and lacquered sheet steel, the scale of the Topolino makes it perfect for a desk in your home workspace. The Topolino Table Lamp stands 14” tall and is powered by standard plug-in with its 72” cord. 

It requires one 40W A17IF medium base or equivalent LED bulb. A15, E26 warm white (2700K), 5W, 450 lumens, dimmable. Lightbulb included.
Why We Chose This
Italian designer Joe Colombo (1930–1971) has 14 works in MoMA's collection, including the Topolino Table Lamp, which is made in Italy by the original manufacturer, Stilnovo. He is known for his innovative designs for furniture, lamps, glass, doorknobs, alarm clocks and watches. The designs were considered futuristic in the 1960s and were proposed as new living solutions, such as his Boby 3 Portable Storage System. Several of Colombo's design objects were featured in MoMA's 1972 show The New Domestic Landscape which, at the time, was considered one of the most ambitious design exhibitions ever undertaken by the Museum.
In or Related to MoMA Exhibitions
In or Related to MoMA Exhibitions
The Museum of Modern Art has revolutionized what a museum exhibition can be. MoMA has sought to document and respond to important developments in the field of design as they happen. As MoMA continues to innovate and lead at the forefront of art and design exhibitions, MoMA Design Store mirrors that spirit of exploration by discovering ever-new and original products, many seen for the first time in MoMA Exhibitions.
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Details
  • Designer
    Joe Colombo
  • Size
    14h x 11w x 7.6"d
  • Materials
    Metal
  • Year of Design
    1970
  • Origin
    Italy

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