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Gaetano Sciolari

Angelo Gaetano Sciolari was a renowned designer of light fixtures whose most iconic pieces are in the mid-century modern style and include pendant lights and chandeliers. He is also known for modern wall sconces, ceiling lights and table lamps. Gaetano Sciolari designed many mid-century modern pieces inspired by the atomic age for Italian lighting company Stilnovo, including 1955's Molecular Chandelier. Sciolari also designed for the eponymous family business throughout the 1960s and pulled inspiration from artistic movements such as Art Deco and Cubism. Sciolari designs are notable for strong geometric lines and a juxtaposition of materials, including polished and brushed metals as well as brass and chrome combinations. Sciolari designs came to the US in the 1970s and include some of his most popular works, such as the Geometric, Habitat, Scultura and Futura Series. Sciolari lights gained popularity as they were featured on both British and American television in futuristic and glamorous settings. Sciolari is credited with bringing Italian design to America, and his pieces are sought-after collector's items today. They appear in discerning designers' homes, including Howard Hughes' former Los Angeles hacienda-style mansion and Veer Grenney's London projects. Grenney admits to being obsessed with Sciolari, calling the artist's work "a piece of sculpture on the ceiling."