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April 15, 2015

When it comes to modern design history, it’s impossible to ignore the profound influence that Italy has had on furniture, lighting, and accessories. In honor of this week’s Salone del Mobile in Milan, we’ve picked some of our favorite Italian designs from top brands like Flos, Artemide, and Alessi. View our complete collection of Italian classics here.

Innovative pendant light with exposed cable and adjustable shade

Designed by vanguards Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec for FLOS, the Aim LED Light reinvigorates the pendant light. Opting to highlight the cable cord instead of hiding it, the substantial cable becomes a central design element. This interesting feature allows the cable to be looped, gathered, crossed or draped adding sculptural intrigue to an innovative design.

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Metal table with trestle legs in bold blue

Designed by Nendo for Cappellini in 2008, the Bambi Table is a versatile piece that can be used as a desk, kitchen table, or even as a dining table for an outside space. The Bambi is crafted from thin metal, which creates sharp edges and captivating lines. When set in a space with a softer aesthetic—like a cozy den—the Bambi creates a visual contrast without distracting from the existing environment.

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Playful kitchen timer in shape of deck

Playfully designed for Alessi by renowned Finnish designer Eero Aarnio, the Yellow Duck Timer will add a whimsical touch to cooking and baking. A part of Alessi’s “A di Alessi” line, which provides superior design at an affordable price, the timer is made in a durable, easy-to-clean thermoplastic resin. The quirky duck harmonizes both modern and traditional timer technology.

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Artemide iconic table lamp from 1979

The Artemide Nesso Table Lamp, designed by Giancarlo Mattioli in 1979, is a table lamp that provides direct or indirect and diffused incandescent lighting. The Nesso is comprised of injection molded ABS thermoplastic, keeping the lamp lightweight even in its substantial size. A true classic, this lamp is included in the Design Collection of the Museum of Modern Art. 

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Distinctive coffee or occasional table with spherical silhouette

Designed by Giulio Cappellini, the Bong is a round coffee or side table that is made of a matte-finished fiberglass. The beautiful piece is almost a perfect sphere—the bottom is slightly truncated so that it rests flat on the floor, and the top is cut to create a flat surface for a stack of magazines, a cocktail, or—in a pinch—a place to sit.

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Desk lamp in style of traditional banker's lamps

A modern take on an old classic, the Goldman Table Lamp is a high-powered desk lamp with a minimal footprint. The lamp is available with a gold base and transparent diffuser, reminiscent of traditional banker’s lamps, or in a more refined black and grey design. The lamp is illuminated by an optical switch on its base and uses soft touch dimming technology so it’s easy to adjust between decorative accent light and pronounced workspace lighting.

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Simple glassware family designed for everyday use

Designed for Alessi in 2008, Jasper Morrison’s Glass Family includes a goblet, red wine glass, white wine glass, and water glass. Each piece in the collection is sophisticated, while also simple enough for everyday use. The glasses are made from a crystal glass that is both durable and elegance. 

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Bronze floor lamp with innovative perforated diffuser

Designed by Patricia Urquiola for Flos, the Tatou Floor Lamp is composed of a steel-painted body and an external polycarbonate diffuser with an injected printed opal polycarbonate internal diffuser. The innovative shade is sculptural, elegant, and perforated to provide a distinctive light source. 

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Innovative pendant light with exposed cable and adjustable shade

Designed by vanguards Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec for FLOS, the Aim LED Light reinvigorates the pendant light. Opting to highlight the cable cord instead of hiding it, the substantial cable becomes a central design element. This interesting feature allows the cable to be looped, gathered, crossed or draped adding sculptural intrigue to an innovative design.

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