► 1968


Gherpe is a lamp that interprets the classical form of the Nautilus shell with a cartoon-like ambiguity. The designer’s intention is to provoke a poetic reaction, and destabilise expectations of objects normally found in the home. Cristiano Toraldo di Francia recalls “perhaps infuenced by my keen interest in marine biology, one summer morning in 1967 I dreamt of a shape half animal, half artifcial. Once in my studio I immediately set to work, and built a model with several progressively lengthening strips of coloured sheet fastened across a wooden block with a single screw”. Both the lamp as well as the effect of the light can be changed by rotating its six moveable leaves around a central pivot. It can produce simple white light or an atmospheric, coloured glow. (Read more in Focus)







► 1971 Domus Italian Design, Harrods, London
► 2007 Il Modo Italiano, MART Rovereto, Museè des Beaux-Arts de Montréal, Montreal
► 2007 Superarchitettura Re-loaded Exhibition, Carla Sozzani Gallery, Milan
► 2008 Plexiglas, Mathildenhöhe, Museum Künstlerkolonie, Darmstadt
► 2010 Il Grande Gioco, Rotonda della Besana, Milan
► 2010 Biennale di Design, Palazzo dei Capitani, Ascoli, Italy
► 2011 Superstudio Backstage, Museo Pecci, Prato, Italy

► Museum of Modern Art, New York
► Museè des Beaux Arts de Montréal, Montreal
► The Powerhouse Museum, Sidney
► Centre Pompidou, Paris

Gherpe DimensioniTECHNICAL CHART
► Typology table lamp
► Dimension 53x31x38 (h) cm
► Materials laser-cut and heat-formed Perspex, chrome-plated brass fittings
► Colours fluorescent red or blue, opaline white
► Bulbs 1×60 W (max), fluorescent lamp E 27

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