Umberto Riva lamps become art at Jannone Art Gallery

Recognized as icons of contemporary living-style, two lamps by the egregious architect are backing into production: E63 and Lem. Designed by Milanese architect Umberto Riva, the lamps will reappear -renewed in their vigor- in an exhibit curated by Antonia Jannone, from that can be visited until January 9th, 2016, at Jannone’s art galleryAn incredible behind the scene non to be missed. In fact the production process for both pieces is also in display with selected designs. It will entail visitors a very good idea of both initial and final stage of the work, while allowing a closer look to Umberto Riva, who is among the most admirable Italian architects of our time.

Given their design, the 3 functional blocks of the E63, with the lamp’s connectors elements exposed in great details, contributes to the idea of sculptural form in daily life objects. It has been produced by Francesconi in 1969, with the use of materials such as steel, copper and bronze.   Her sister lamp, Lem, was originally rendered in semi-transparent resin by Francesconi and then re-edited by FontanArte in 1991 with a new name : Dilem. With the new Jannone Gallery version, the orientable light diffuser is available in two different colors – teal and orange – plus two models: clamp or standard base. To highlight the unicity of Umberto Riva’s artwork, Jannone’s project will include limited editions : 9 pieces for each lamp, chosen by typology and materials involved. Umberto Riva, class 1928, has studied as an architect in Venice. Pursuing his “craftsman-architect“ philosophy, Riva creates buildings, interiors and objects since 1960.

His experimentation with different kind of materials starts with a design, thought in a context. To valorize the materials, Riva approach is to put one form next to the other one in order to highlight each element’s inherent potential. In his detailed art-lamps for interiors, standardization finds no place, and with each of his household object, a piece of art is born.

Umberto Riva – Architect

November 17 2015 – January 9  2016

Galleria Antonia Jannone – Corso Garibaldi 125, Milano

From Tuesday through Saturday

from 3.30pm to 7.30pm



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