Established in 1945 by the master Giuseppe Ostuni, Oluce is the oldest Italian lighting design company that is still active today. The company's experience reveals a unique manufacturing excellence that translates enthusiastic technological research of lighting potential into shape, for which each lamp representing a stage. The constant study on the most up to date lighting solutions and the continual improvement of the paradigms that fix the best results in terms of energy savings enrich the bright hearts of Oluce products with an innovative synthesis between shape and substance. The company was able to build up, over time, a structured collection like a tale, inhabited by products that overcame the passing fashions and became an icon of Italian design.
by Vico Magistretti
For many years now, Atollo has no longer been a lamp, or rather, it has no longer been just a lamp. It has become a myth, an icon: one of the best know symbols of Italian design wordwide, one of the very few products which people recognise and call with its own name.
Designed by Vico Magistretti in 1977, it was awarded the Compasso d'Oro in 1979 and became, since then, part of the permanent collections of the world's major museum of design, as well as part of the furniture of many homes of those who love and are able to select the things surrounding them.
Atollo's secret probably lies in the geometrical construction of its shapes: the cone on the cylinder and the semisphere above all. A luminous sculpture from which nothing can be removed to which nothing can be added. And which nothing can copy.
by Joe Colombo
Joe Colombo and Oluce are a crucial and inseparable duo in the history of Italian design. The "arched" Coupé with its semi-spherical lamp head is indeed an "exceptional" lamp and is extremely complex to manufacture. In addition to the curved arm it has a grooved base with a special plastic handle to adjust the lamp head and the arched arm itself to different heights. The lamp head also, made of stove enamelled sheet metal, is fitted with a particular joint to adjust its inclination. The base is round but straight at the back, ideal for flush fitting against the wall.