Elio Martinelli founded the Martinelli Luce company in 1950. He wanted to create lighting for the commercial surfaces he designed.
An essential design and a great conceptual originality, that is what the brand's lighting fixtures are made of.
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Elio Martinelli, inspired by nature and geometry, creates functional lighting fixtures, highly innovative lighting design and products with materials according to their intrinsic characteristics. Were born in this way different lamps as the Foglia, the Bolla, the Serpente, the Millepiedi, the Dobermann, the Le Rondini, the Nuvole Vagabonde. Simple shapes but with a deep meaning that have marked the history of design, always in demand. Some of these devices, as Cobra, designed by Elio Martinelli along with others like the Pipistrello and the Ruspa designed by architect Gae Aulenti, are kept in the most important design museums.
Year after year the range of Martinelli Luce becomes more rich of new lamps as the Poliedro, the Profiterolle, the Shanghai system, the Colibrì, the Circular, the Lunaop, the Elica, the Calabrone, the Fluida, the Cyborg, and many others always with a good number of historical products as an expression of Italian design of the 60s and 70s, for presenting a modern and important collection.
They have collaborated and collaborates with Martinelli Luce: Gae Aulenti, Sergio Asti, Studio Orlandini, Marc Sadler, Luc Ramael, Studio Lucchi & Biserni, Angelo Micheli, Michel Bouquillon, Karim Rashid, Brian Sironi, Marco De Santi – Studio Natural, Studio 4P1B, Adolini+Simonini Associati and many others.
The Martinelli Luce offers in addition to the lamps for the home, a wide range of technical systems designed for lighting offices, shops, cinema hall, hotels, museums, commercial area and outdoor lamps, using light sources with technology applied to the optimization of energy efficiency.
Martinelli Luce has always been present at various trade fairs in Italy and abroad. The advertising has a crucial importance for the company, promoting their business through the main magazines.