Starry sky chandelier (Galmanini)

Design ceiling sculpture chandelier by Gualtiero Galmanini

The Starry sky chandelier (Lampadario cielo stellato) is a ceiling lamp designed in 1956 by italian architect Gualtiero Galmanini.[1]

The chandelier, in a single numbered work of art, as a sculpture, was installed in 1956 in an apartment in Milan, following an art exhibition, with the prototype and the projects of the unique work. The work represents the birth of industrial design in the italian fifties. Its value today is priceless.

The chandelier is characterized by a series of ceiling stars of particular significance, inspired by the world of planetariums, with the desire to piece together the stellar worlds. The starry skies were one of the typical representative works of Italian design of the 1950s, the most prestigious and interesting period of study in the history of Italian design.

Galmanini's design work is a tribute to his friend and companion of innovative avant-garde architectural researches Piero Portaluppi with whom he frequently dissertated on astronomy, the universe and stars. Portaluppi collected astrolabes and sundials, often making inlays with stars, such as the famous window of Palazzo Necchi. Portaluppi was also the architect of the innovative Planetarium in Milan, with its starry sky. From the 1950s, also due to Galmanini's promotion in architectural circles, the roofs of starry skies became a symbol of architecture and innovative avant-garde.

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  • Matteo Vercelloni, Brief history of Italian design , Carocci, 2008.