The FUTURO house by Matti Suuronen embodies in an especially striking manner the future visions of the 1960s – the era of space travel known as the “Space Age”. To accompany the presentation of the FUTURO we are showing a monthly selection of futurist, future-related design objects from our museum holdings. Our basic premise: every age has its own, sometimes highly different concepts of what is futuristic, and what is visionary.
 
Object in June: Bedside or wall light Eclisse
Designer: Vico Magistretti
Draft: 1965
Manufacturer: Artemide S.p.A., Italy
 
The small bedside lamp Eclisse perfectly unites in its design the spirt and aesthetics of the 1960s: A spherical, round body on a semicircular base enables you to simulate the rare astronomical phenomenon of a moon or solar eclipse. The highlight is an integrated sphere, which can be tilted or swiveled so that light intensity and direction can be regulated. The reference to the “endless expanses” of space with its spherical heavenly bodies is also reflected in the object – Eclisse, or eclipse is an everyday object, which relates the myth of the space age in the private, everyday context.
Though there are no set identifying features for design in the Space Age, certain colors, shapes and materials occur more frequently. You particularly find spheres and other basic geometrical shapes, which are white and silver, and materials such as plastic and metal, which enable the perfection of shining, smooth, cool, monochrome surfaces.
Eclisse was designed in 1965 by Vico Magistretti for North Italian luminaire manufacturer Artemide. Thanks to its unmistakable shape it has become a design classic over the course of time, which is still in production today.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
  
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Vico Magistretti, bedside light Eclisse, 1965. Manufacturer: Artemide S.p.A., Italy. Photo: Die Neue Sammlung – The Design Museum (A. Laurenzo)
Vico Magistretti, bedside light Eclisse, 1965. Manufacturer: Artemide S.p.A., Italy. Photo: Die Neue Sammlung – The Design Museum (A. Laurenzo)