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Acrilica Table Lamp

by Joe Colombo

Estimated Ship Date On or Before 07/05


The Acrilica Table Lamp or model 281 was Joe Colombo‘s first project for Oluce together with his brother. From then on, the two Colombo brothers clearly separated their fields: Joe left art, while Gianni no longer worked in design, becoming one of the leading exponents of the kinetic, programmed movement.

The 281 model, created in 1962, was immediately nicknamed “Acrilica” due to its surprising conspicuousness and exceptional innovation of the significant curve made from acrylic. Methacrylate, used for about a decade in the field of lighting, usually in thin sheets that are cut or thermoformed, found a very particular use here: its thickness and curve meant that, thanks to its conduction properties, the light from a fluorescent lamp contained within the painted steel base moved through the transparent body, eventually lighting the head in an incredible way. Due to this “magical movement”, “281” is more a work of kinetic art than a lamp. In 1964, “Acrilica” won the gold medal at the XIII Triennial in Milan.

Oluce is the oldest Italian design company in the lighting sector still in operation today. Oluce lighting’s design aesthetic is crisp, linear, and decorative. A subtle, intellectual beauty that over the years has led the company to produce some of the more recognizable and admired iconic lighting in the world. Its lamps appear in the most important permanent design collections worldwide.

Acrilica Table Lamp by Joe Colombo for Oluce
- Innovative Italian Modern Design
- Award winning light: 1964 gold medal at the XIII Triennial in Milan
- Thick transparent curved acrylic with a black lacquered steel base containing the fluorescent bulb; black cord
- H 9.1" x W 10.2"
- Fluroescent bulb Max 6W included
- Not dimmable
- Made in Italy


Metal, PMMA
1 x W4.3x8.5d
CE Rated
H 9.1" W 10.2"


Joe Colombo
Joe Colombo

Prolific Italian architect and designer Joe Colombo, born Cesare Colombo, believed in democratic and functional design, meant to be used in many different ways - all for the benefit of the user. Ahead of his time, Colombo relied on emerging material and the latest technologies to design futuristic "machines for living", many of which have become icons for a new way of living.