Gaetano Sciolari

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Gaetano Sciolari

While Sciolari Lighting has been around since 1892, it was their most famous offspring Gaetano Sciolari who went on to design for Italian manufacturer Stilnovo in the 1950’s. Angelo Gaetano Sciolari (1927-1994), renowned Italian entrepeneur and designer, would not have engaged himself in the world of lighting if it hadn’t been for his father’s premature death. After graduating from the Faculty of Architecture, Sciolari began training as a film director however, after the death of his father in 1949, the 22 year old took over the family business. Although this new position meant a complete career change, Gaetano directed the company with great vision. Within a few years, he expanded the family business. In 1954 the company won an international lighting and design competition. A major milestone included the exclusive distribution of American Lightolier products making Sciolari the first Italian manufacturer of lamps sold in the US and therefore the biggest importer in the lighting market. Sciolari`s first designs were Atom inspired pendants, but in the 60’s he shifted to conventional chandelier forms like the Neoclassical Sciolari from the Ovali collection. These designs however were far from traditional but instead refined, edgy & futuristic. Lines were clean & sculptural and materials such as crystals & ice glass sparkled with a sultry coolness. Playfully Sciolari positioned satin finishes against highly polished metal for great optical effect. He broke the traditional rules by combining brass with chrome, to bring out the best of both metals.