Anna Lamp

Paolo Tilche
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Some designs receive large notoriety and discussion, and others fly under the radar like a hidden gem. The versatile and eclectic Milanese architect and entrepreneur Paolo Tilche designed a table lamp back in 1962 and how it hasn't been more widely celebrated is anyone's guess. Anna, produced by DePadova, is a very simple conical lampshade that diffuses direct and indirect light, illuminating surfaces and the surrounding space. The clean design features a single perforated steel rod that forms the base and houses the electric cable.

Interestingly, Paolo Tilche once stated:

To be honest, all my lamps don’t shed much light; they are primarily objects

This then is the creation that contradicts him.

Born in Egypt (1925–2003), Tilche graduated from the Politecnico di Milano in 1949 and immediately started working as an architect developing both residential and industrial buildings. In 1955, he opened Arform, a design store in Milan. At the same time, he worked intensively as a designer for important brands such as Ideal Standard, Guzzini, and Bonacina. He later hosted “Il piacere della casa“, archetype of the TV show dedicated to design.

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