Bruno Munari, Acona Biconbi
Acona Biconbi chandelier by Bruno Munari, probably the last true "homo universalis".
Munari was active in the visual arts, design, literature, research and so on.
This lamp has its roots in a series of sculptures by Munari that eventually evolved into this unique pendant. Chromed metal with a white lacquered metal sphere at its core.
6 light points, E14.
Bruno Munari was born in Milan in 1907, he started his career in 1926 as a graphic designer. Munari was a part of the Futurist Second Wave, a revival of the Futurist Movement after it had fallen out of grace after the First World War.
Marinetti, the patriarch of the Second Wave considered him one of the best artists of his generation. After the second world war Munari disassociated himself from the Futurists because of their proto-fascist tendencies.
His involvement in the Futurist movement is just a small part of his incredible career but certain Futurist themes are prevalent throughout his life: technology, flight, transportation and a radically forward-looking attitude.
Munari is mainly known as a visual artist but he also researched games, didactic methods, tactile learning, kinesthethic learning and not surprisingly creativity. He even wrote books for children and contributed fundamental research about the use of colors and shapes in industrial design.
He won the Compasso d'oro design award in '54, '55 and '79.
Munari lived a very full life, well-spent in pursuit of imagination and invention. This pendant is a prime example of his unique style.