Snoopy table lamp by Achille e Pier Giacomo Castiglioni

The Flos Snoopy table lamp by Achille Castiglioni is one of my favourite pieces of modern design. With a stand of Italian Carrara marble it ticks the luxury checkbox in one swoop and at £595 it is by no means an impulse purchase. You can pick it up from Foundry Light + Design.

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Snoopy was designed in 1967 by Achille e Pier Giacomo Castiglioni, two Italian industrial designer brothers who were inspired by everyday things and made use of ordinary materials. The brothers worked from the viewpoint that design must restructure an object’s function, form and production process, and applied this maxim to every work that they produced. Castiglioni described this process as “Start from scratch. Stick to common sense. Know your goals and means”.

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Their Snoopy Lamp of 1967 was indeed inspired by the cartoon character, illustrated by Charles Shultz, with a marble base to stabilize the egg-shaped metal and glass shade.

The green version is a vintage production or limited edition – if anybody knows more about this, I’d love to hear. It recently sold at Vintage Seekers for £2,600.

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The Flos Snoopy lamp consists of a cylindrical base in white carrara marble, angled relative to the slab, which is blocked by the holder, a disc of transparent glass. This glass is very thick and has a hole in ground to support a lightweight aluminum reflector painted over with three holes for cooling.

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Some images courtesy The Street and Babe Shadow

Daniel

Having worked in design for the past decade, Daniel started ateliertally.com as a discussion of timeless, modernist product design. Trained as a graphic designer, he also has an avid interest in typography. You can follow him on Twitter @ateliertally.

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