The collection
Tan table lamp with a cylindrical base that tapers to a cone at the top, surmounted by a semispherical opaque shade.

Table Lamp, Atollo

Designed by
Vico Magistretti (1920–2006)
Lacquered aluminum
Produced by
O-Luce, Milan, Italy
68 x 49.5 x 49.5 cm

The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, the Liliane and David M. Stewart Collection, D99.157.1

Composed of a cone-topped cylindrical base and a semispherical shade, this lamp has perfect proportions and symmetry, achieving a timeless beauty reminiscent of classical ideals. The lamp’s shade, supported by an aluminum rod that is hidden from view, seems to balance on the upper point of the base.

The light falls onto the conical surface, dramatizing the three-part composition. The simplicity of the design and its monochrome finish made it perfect for the modern interior.

The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, photo: Denis Farley.