Boalum Lamp, ca. 1969
This lamp is a revolt against traditional forms of lighting. Made of malleable plastic, the Boalum can be bent into a variety of shapes and placed anywhere: on furniture, floors, or walls. As advances in technology brought new light bulbs and materials to the market, lighting designers could experiment with the structure of their objects, and the light they emitted, in this case diffused incandescent lighting. Two special features of the lamp are, first, the fact that you can change the shape at will and, second, you can connect up to four lamps together. Designer duo Frattini and Castiglioni sought to rebel against the trend toward Modernism, and developed an ingenious, playful, humorous product.
This object was
Decorative Arts Association Acquisition Fund.
It is credited
Museum purchase from Decorative Arts Association Acquisition Fund.
Its dimensions are
L x W (full length): 72 x 7 cm (28 3/8 x 2 3/4 in.)
Cite this object as
Boalum Lamp, ca. 1969; Italy; pvc plastic, metal; L x W (full length): 72 x 7 cm (28 3/8 x 2 3/4 in.); Museum purchase from Decorative Arts Association Acquisition Fund; 1991-47-8
This object was previously on display as a part of the exhibition Rococo: The Continuing Curve 1730-2008.