Alberto Zecchini for FontanaArte – lamp model 3856 line 100 metri, late 1990s



What I like

I love the biblical simplicity of this lamp, a simple cylinder surrounded by meters of translucent thread that filters the light. This is “less is more” at its most beautiful. Because of this translucent rilsan thread, the light is nicely filtered; the dimmer is used to modulate the intensity.

Because of its simplicity, this table lamp slips into any interior: I like this elegance that fades away to give pride of place to the objects, paintings and furniture that make up the decoration of your living space.

I like the manufacturing quality of the FontanaArte house, which does not hesitate to return to its essence, the work of glass in all its expressions.

I like the fact that it is no longer produced.

Technical description

Alberto Zecchini for FontanaArte model 3856 lamp from the 100 metri line

Cylindrical lamp in transparent glass tube, in an entourage of translucent rilsan thread covering the cylinder, except for a band at the top and bottom. With dimmer.

Fontana Arte label specifying the model.

Late 1990s.

Need to use Dimmable bulbs, the only ones suitable for the dimmer.

Dimensions and weight

Height: 60 cm – Width: 15 cm – Depth: 15 cm

Weight: 5 kg

Mix & Match

This lamp from the 100 metri range designed by Alberto Zecchini is discreet, drawing a simple volume when switched off, on which the eye is not fixed; when lit, it is fully engaged in its role as a provider of light, capable of modifying the atmosphere of a room thanks to its switch.

As a result, she will be able to enter a house furnished with antique furniture. But also highlight more modern furniture and objects: I would gladly put it on the large walnut and chrome metal desk from the Banque de France: the top is large enough to accommodate it, despite its large size. But it could also be placed, for example, on the Italian coffee table from the 1970s made up of chrome cylinders, or on Julien de Covemaeker’s table: it will gently illuminate the top. In a completely different spirit, it will be placed on the table of the Orsay set by Gae Aulenti dating from 1976: same whiteness, same purity of lines.

It will nicely illuminate paintings such as the dreamlike diptych by Charles Piquois: “Water and Dreams” and “Invocation”, the painting “Composition” by Edgard Pillet from the years 1950-1951, more colorful. Or even the metallic painting by Guillaume Leunens, “Viffervipère-1969”.

In short, you have understood, this lamp is made for you!

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The designer

Born in 1970, Alberto Zecchini is an Italian designer and architect. After graduating in 1996, he collaborated with Pierluigi Nicolin teaching at the Faculty of Architecture since 1998 and at the Faculty of Design of the Politecnico of Milan since 2003. He is very active in the lighting sector: his lamps are made with simple and light materials, he likes to call them “a little mischievous”. His approach focuses on a measured idea of ​​light that gives identity to spaces.

The editor

The history of FontanaArte begins in 1881 with the creation of the company Luigi Fontana & Co which specializes in the work of crystal and glass. The company then manufactures glass plates for the building. At the end of the 19th century, the company also produced refined decorative objects, to order.

Taken over in 1932 by Gio Ponti and Pietro Chiesa, and renamed FontanaArte, it was the first Italian company to establish itself in the interior design sector. By always collaborating with big names in international architecture, it has developed a solid design culture with a strong emphasis on technological innovation. For 80 years FontanaArte has been creating, developing and bringing to the most beautiful spaces in the world a collection of lighting and furnishing objects with an incomparable and timeless personality.

Great designers have succeeded one another in the company’s history, whether in its artistic direction or in the signing of many great lighting classics such as Pietro Chiesa, Gae Aulenti, Daniela Puppa, Pierluigi Cerri, Franco Raggi, David Chipperfield, Renzo Piano, Laurinda Spear, or more recently Shigeru Ban. World-renowned French decorator and master glassmaker, Max Ingrand, Artistic Director at FontanaArte in the early 1950s, signed several of the brand’s great classics.

The company, recently integrated into the Italian Nice Spa Group, has its headquarters in Milan as well as 3 showrooms located in the center of Milan, New York and Shanghai.

A beautiful and authentic lamp at a fair price

Our 100 metri lamp designed by Alberto Zecchini for FontanaArte has been carefully selected for its aesthetic qualities, its originality and its fair price. Our choice favors above all the acuity of the design and the quality of the manufacture, of which the signature of Alberto Zecchini and that of FontanaArte are guarantors, guarantee of a valuation of your new acquisition in your interior and of an ability to dialogue with your furniture, to match and mix to create a unique decoration.

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Weight 5 kg
Dimensions 15 × 15 × 60 cm

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Dominique de Paillerets is passionate about objects and art. He likes to combine Design furniture from the 70s and the 18th century, in the spirit Combining refinement and the spirit of the seventies

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