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TOP 10 Italian designer lighting brands

If one country stands for sophisticated design, it is definitely Italy. As a result, Italian lighting brands are very much at the top of the list of buyers' favourites. So today we present ten manufacturers from Bella Italia that you should definitely know. The order is strictly alphabetical, it does not represent a ranking.

Ai Lati Light


AI LATI is still a fairly young brand, but it comes from a family that has been involved in lighting design for many years. It was founded in 2005 by Federico de Majo. The luminaires combine traditional glass production with the latest technology. Sounds expensive, but this is not generally the case; the Italian manufacturer also has affordable lamps in its range. As far as the design is concerned, the lamps are mostly inspired by basic geometric shapes such as circle, sphere or cylinder.

Artemide pendant light

2: Artemide

Artemide is one of the best-known lighting brands worldwide. Series like Tolomeo, Pirce or Tizio are real classics and belong to the bestsellers of the company. The manufacturer has been around since 1960. Many famous designers like Richard Sapper, Gae Aulenti, Norman Foster or Ettore Sottsass have already designed lamps for Artemide. The lamps have won numerous design prizes such as the Compasso d'Oro or the red dot design award. Some of them have even made it into museums. For example, in the Museum of Modern Art in New York or in the Galleria Nazionale d'Arte Moderna in Rome.

Catellani & Smith

3: Catellani & Smith

When you think of Italian lamps, you should definitely have Catellani & Smith on your radar. By the way, the "Smith" in the name does not stand for an English co-founder of the company, but for a racehorse of the company owner Enzo Catellani. He is not only the head of the brand, but also an important designer. Popular series such as Schtu Moon or Fil de Fer originate from him. Catellani & Smith is still a comparatively young company, as it was only founded in 1989. Nevertheless, it has already gained an excellent reputation in the industry with its extravagant creations.

Cini & Nils Desk light

4: Cini&Nils

CINI&NILS has been around since 1969. Originally, the Milanese company designed all kinds of utilitarian objects - from letter openers to cutlery. The success story in the lighting sector began in 1972 with the cube-shaped Cuboluce table lamp. The light is still part of the permanent assortment and has long been a classic and an integral part of the MoMA in New York. For some years now, it has been available with a non-replaceable LED. Other highlights by CINI&NILS are the Gradi or Convivio series. In the outdoor area, the ring-shaped wall lights of the series Assolo are particularly popular.

Fabas Luce wall light

5: Fabas Luce

Looking for Italian lights at an affordable price? Then you should definitely check out FABAS LUCE. Here you can expect Bella Italia without having to pay a fortune. The company was founded in 1979 by the Giberti family and is now represented almost everywhere in Europe. You can see the great passion for beautiful light in every luminaire of the company. Discover the extraordinary creations for ceilings, walls or tables. Many of these luminaires are equipped with energy-saving LED technology.

FontanaArte table lamp

6: FontanaArte

FontanaArte is one of the most traditional Italian lighting manufacturer. It was founded in 1932, when leading heads in lighting design were Gio Ponti and Pietro Chiesa. Some of their luminaires from that time are still in the range today - true design classics. The Bilia table lamp and the Luminator floor lamp are just two examples. Another design icon is the Fontana table lamp by Max Ingrand. But also the new lamps of the manufacturer do not need to hide from their ancestors. Highest Italian design art.

Foscarini floor light

7: Foscarini

Foscarini was founded in 1981 and has since developed into one of the world's best-known and most popular lamp manufacturers. One of the bestsellers is the Caboche pendant light, which is now also available with LED technology. Floor lamps and table lamps are also available from the series. Other extremely popular series are Aplomb, Tress, Big Bang and Twiggy. You don't have to do without the finest lamp design from Italy, even outdoors.

Luceplan pendant light

8: Luceplan

Luceplan produces luminaires in the best Italian design tradition. Established in 1978, the company and has been producing high-quality luminaires for indoor and outdoor ever since. The lamps have already been honoured with numerous awards and prizes. The flagship is the Costanza series with the small sister Costanzina. It consists of floor lamps, table lamps and pendant lights. Characteristic is the lampshade, which distributes its light evenly in the room. The Titania series is also popular.

Lumina light

9: Lumina

There are few brands quite as cool as Lumina. The Italian lighting manufacturer has been proudly designing finest lamps for more than four decades now. One of their most iconic was the Daphine table lamp, which virtually opened the door and paved the way for many other designer lights. Again and again, the company cooperates with renowned designers and thus strengthens the reputation of the Italian design nation. Lumina sells its lamps worldwide. Some have already made their way into well-known museums of contemporary design. And more are sure to follow.

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