The new version in different formats of the Ettorino lamp: a liberating gesture to banish two years of emergencies

The colour is back, colour is back, reads the home page of the Catellani&Smith website these days. "Colour expresses a message of rebirth, of cheerfulness," says Enzo Catellani, founder in 1989 of the brand that produces lamps, "strictly handmade". "The first time colour was introduced into our production was in 2004 with the PostKrisi collection, which marked the end of the crisis in the German market. The PostKrisi lamps are hand-painted in the primary colours red, yellow and blue, returning in 2022 with the new Ettorino and Ale, after the difficult pandemic years. It is a liberating gesture, a return to life, a desire for lightness,' Catellani adds.

Table and floor-standing

Ettorino is the brand's new product family comprising the T and Clamp table models and the F and Big floor versions. Preceded by the elaboration of a kinematic system deposited as an invention patent, these new articulated lamps are characterised by an essential design, customised by unexpected details and designed to fulfil precise functions. Also available in black and white finishes, the Ettorino lamps play in the colourful version with the elegant combination of primary colours, mixing blue, yellow and red. The presence of a red silhouette, a functional detail with a dancing shape, characterises all the lamps.

Movement and rotation

Ettorino T and Clamp are designed as desk lamps to provide proper lighting on the work surface, thanks to the possibility of movement and rotation of the lamp. The light produced by a 10W Cob Led (1440 lm), contained in the cylindrical head of Ettorino, can be positioned at varying distances from the desk surface and, thanks to the rotation of the head, can also be directed towards a wall. The red silhouette, which hooks onto the horizontal rod of the lamp, ensures its balanced movement by acting as a tensioner. The cable dimmer, held in place by a small magnet on the square base of the Ettorino T and on the clamp of the Clamp version - suitable for surfaces up to 5.5 cm thick - also allows the light intensity to be adjusted. Both the light source and the plug driver can be easily replaced.

A swivelling arm

Ettorino F is the floor-standing version, designed to be a reading lamp. The model retains the same features as Ettorino T and Clamp, with a minimum height of about 130 cm and a swivelling arm about 70 cm long. The rod of the lamp is approximately 80 cm high and rests on a square base that guarantees the correct stability; a small red button for adjusting the light intensity is housed here.

Direct downward illumination

Ettorino Big, as the name itself emphasises, is a large floor lamp designed to illuminate a living area or a table up to 200 cm long. With a minimum height of about 210 cm, in addition to offering direct downward illumination, adjustable in intensity thanks to a red button on the shaft of the lamp, Ettorino BIG is equipped with a second light source equipped with a dichroic filter lens, which projects 'a luminous magic' in unexpected magenta tones onto the ceiling, activated by a second independent black button.

Craftsmanship and technology

"Our approach has evolved over time to remain faithful to the principles of all time," explains Enzo Catellani. "We make our handcrafted lamps by hand, valuing the work of our highly specialised collaborators. Technology is constantly evolving, changing faster and faster, like a lift takes the human being away from the earth. The role of our products is also to bring it back to its human dimension, in which the lamp 'speaks' of manual work, of artisan skills, integrating in a constructive dialogue a technology always in step with the times. In fact, we have created not only new designs, but developed patents, like the one applied for Ettorino, which expresses this evolution well, because it is a timeless object equipped with contemporary technology'.