If you love Mid Century designs, just as I do, then you should be familiar with the name Gaetano Sciolari. Gaetano Sciolari's lightings were manufactured by top firms such as Lightolier, based in New York and Stilnovo, based in Milan during the 1950's, but in the late 1960's he began to manufacture his own lighting creations.
Sciolari made his chandeliers in Italy and combined minimalism with high-glamour. The individual shapes that comprise his pieces are arranged in a highly geometric but still somewhat irregular manner, giving them an organic quality. They were far from traditional but instead refined, edgy & futuristic. Lines were clean and sculptural and materials such as crystals and ice glass sparkled with a sultry coolness. Playfully, Sciolari positioned finishes against highly polished metal for great optical effect. He broke the traditional rules by combining brass with chrome to bring out the best of both metals.
Sciolari arguably produced his best work in the 1970's and the work shares its disco chic aesthetic with Verner Panton, Paul Evans and Francois Monnet.
The "Cubic" series is one of Sciolari's greatest hits and examples were realized in variety of sizes, configurations and finishes.
I have included images of some of my favorite pieces, most of them found on lstDibs. Although they do tend do be quite expensive, anyone would be lucky to own one of Sciolari's pieces.
Can you tell how much I love Gaetano Sciolari chandeliers? If budget permitted, would you purchase one of his pieces?
Ciao for now,