Tito Agnoli (1931-2012)
Rare extendable wall lamp model '1102' for OLuce with arm in teak wood and brass and large lampshade in sewn parchment and perplex, 1960's. Unique for this item is the combination of elements derived from the 177 A model, designed in 1957, and the 1102 model, designed in 1959. Its arm is an 177 A design and executed in teak, lacquered metal and brass. It features a '1102' pendant hanging on a cord. The cord, directed by a brass tube attached to the wooden arm, leads down where a brass cylinder functions as a counterweight. The brass cylinder keeps the pendant in its position. The design showcases the mechanicals of the lamp, which makes this a very raw yet refined light that would work very well in the living room or as an office light.
Tito Agnoli was born in Lima, Peru, in 1931 into an Italian family. He returns to Italy after the war. Painter by training (he studied with Sironi), in 1949 he enrolled in the Faculty of Architecture, where he graduated in 1959 and was assistant to Gio Ponti and Cardo De Darli. However, already in the early 1950s he began an intense professional activity in the field of design. He designs, among others, for Arflex, Cinova, Lema, Matteo Grassi, Molteni, Montina, Oluce, Pierantonio Bonacina, Poltrona Frau, Schiffini, Ycami. Reported several times at the Compasso d'Oro, in 1986 he won the gold medal at the Neocon in Chicago. He died in Milan in February 2012. Some pieces of him are kept in the permanent collection of the MoMA in New York.