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The return to a traditional form - that of a luminator with a cone-shaped diffuser - in the design of Pascal is the pretext to re-propose geometry, a recurring theme in Magistretti that, through its repetition, goes beyond the pure aesthetic reason to also satisfy the functional criteria of the illuminating object.

Initially conceived in the two versions of floor and table lamp, Pascal is configured through the juxtaposition of two cones looking upward - in the floor version - and downward - in the pendant model. The light emitted by the lamp is differentiated# it is directed by the more external cone and diffused by the walls of the overhanging cone which act as a reflector.

The 50 cm-tall pendant model produced in sand or white finishing went out of production in XXX. The floor version, which is still in production today (345), works as a traditional luminator in the upper portion while the light is diffused outward through the emission of lightbulbs positioned in the lower cone and, in the models that followed the first (430), both light sources can be lighted independently. The lamp is 200 cm high and, since 1992, unlike in the original model that rested on a round metal base, the base is in pietra serena and lodges the outlet of the power cord on the underside and mounts a halogen lamp in the higher cone.


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AAVV, Vico Magistretti. Intuizioni concettuali tra modernità e tradizione, Milano, RCS 2016, Lezioni di Architettura e Design, pp./nn. 65

Vanni Pasca, Vico Magistretti. L'eleganza della ragione, Milano, Idea Books 1991, pp./nn. 82

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