Creating the illusion of an impossible feat of balance, the Bilia Mini Lamp is composed of a glass globe atop a painted metal conical base—two geometric forms combined to create a perfectly proportioned object. Gio Ponti originally designed the lamp with a black base in 1932, but he also imagined the Bilia in a range of colors. From his notes on the original project, Bilia is now produced in the hues that Ponti considered. Made in Italy, the lamp provides a diffused light with a maximum G9 LED 6W bulb (not included). Gio Ponti’s work is represented in MoMA’s collection. The Bilia Mini Lamp is powered by standard plug-in (with a 63.5”l clear cord) and measures 10h x 4.7"diam.
Size10h x 4.7"diam.
Year of Design1932
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An architect, designer, artist and writer, Gio Ponti (1891–1979) built more than 100 buildings in Italy and around the world. After WWII, he was a major figure in the renewal of Italian design and the Italian-style art of living. His most famous works include the Pirelli Tower in Milan (built between 1956 and 1960) and the Leggera Side Chair (1951), an object in MoMA's collection. His work has been included in several exhibitions at the Museum, including Good Design (1950–1951) and Century of the Child: Growing by Design, 1900–2000 (2012).
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