Boalum Lamp, ca. 1969
This is a lamp. It was designed by Gianfranco Frattini and manufactured by Artemide S.p.A.. It is dated ca. 1969 and we acquired it in 1991. Its medium is pvc plastic, metal. It is a part of the Product Design and Decorative Arts department.
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.
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; Designed by Gianfranco Frattini (Italian, 1926–2004); 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.