FontanaArte is an Italian design company known for its lamps, hanging lights and decorative glass objects. The company was founded in 1932 by Luigi Fontana and partner Gio Ponti and specialized in glass processing, most notably the production of curved crystal.
The Italian Association for Industrial Design granted the Compasso d’Oro for career in 1998 to honor them as one of the most historic names in Italian design. One of FontanaArte’s earliest works from the 1930s is the Suspension Lamp 0024, a cylindrical piece crafted from horizontal glass disks. Another is the Bilia table lamp, which has a spherical shape and is made from satin white blown glass. They also made tables during this period, such as the 1932 coffee table, which featured two glass shelves and a brass frame.
Through the years, FontanaArte continued to produce innovative designs that gained popularity in Italy and throughout the world. Production nearly ceased during World War II, but by 1948, the company was back on track and moving forward with industrialized production processes. In 1954, Fontana Arte released the Fontana table lamp under the artistic direction of Max Ingrand. The piece was almost all white satin glass, with a three-dimensional glass lampshade and metal frame.
Today, FontanaArte still produces fine glass pieces. For example, a relatively new piece is the Lasospesa lamp designed in 2019 by Stefano Boeri. It has the same iconic cylindrical shape as the suspension lamp from the early 30s. In 2012, FontanaArte was acquired by the Nice Group with Giorgio Biscaro serving as artistic director as they continue to create stunning pieces of lighting.