Technological, modular lamps. Dynamic lamps. Essentiality of forms. Material or process research. Experimentation.
These are the values that have always set Martinelli Luce apart. Values that continue to guide our design philosophy. Those are the foundations created by the company's visionary creator, Elio Martinelli.
Elio Martinelli's design mark has been passed down to the present day, owing to his intuitive sense of aesthetics and the allure of the Italian countryside.
Te company loves the beauty of nature and the purity of geometric shapes in its design process. Profiles that imply harmony on the one hand, balance on the other.
This blend of natural and geometric components contained inside the physiognomy of a Martinelli Luce lamp provides an aesthetic language that is as refined as it is captivating, capable of arousing the beholder's imagination and emotions.
A welcoming and comforting soothing visual experience.
The path was blazed in the second half of the 1940s by set designer Elio Martinelli, who created and manufactured lamps for theatre sets with scenic forms that interact with the theatrical action, becoming part of the narration. Elio's lamps are technical-decorative: they must link to the set design and integrate with the stage project, but they must also meet lighting needs.
Elio creates and manufactures these luminaires himself. Giò Ponti, who noticed the high quality of his lamps, pushed him to sell them. Elio took his suggestion and began touring Tuscany in a Lambretta to present his products, aided by his wife. With more than positive results, Martinelli Luce was founded in 1950 in a basement called "laboratory."
Little tools are required for the handcrafted production of decorative lamps, but many ideas and inspirations come from nature and geometry. For example, the Cobra light, which is perfectly inscribed in a sphere or Serpente that thanks to a rotating system can adopt a variety of positions.
But, in reality, the story began much earlier.
Plinio Martinelli, Elio Martinelli's father, owned an illuminating business in Lucca, and Elio spent most of his childhood working in the family business, building the first prototypes and developing his own lighting technology. We've always had a technical spirit; we've been making architectural and decorative products for over 70 years.
This is another factor that distinguishes our company from others, in addition to maintaining our identity at all times.
Always linked to the technology and innovation of a product, a material or a process,we keep alive the pioneering spirit of Elio Martinelli.
Located in the heart of the historic centre of Lucca, our showroom is not only a shop of lamps of our own production, but also a space for creative sharing, a pole of attraction for architects and designers, as well as a place where preview products, exhibitions and participate in events both corporate and otherwise, such as meetings with some of the most important comic book artists during Lucca Comics & Games 2022.
Each designer we have collaborated with has interpreted light in a unique way and has designed timeless, functional lamps for us, while remaining true to the brand's distinguishing canons, several of which have won significant international prizes.
Here are some of the many names: Gae Aulenti, Sergio Asti, Richard Neutra, Studio Orlandini, Marc Sadler, Luc Ramael, Studio Lucchi & Biserni, Angelo Micheli.
For a brand to be considered one of those who have contributed to design history, a number of factors must be present. The first is a distinct and unmistakable stylistic trait, the kind of style that impresses people and drives them to museums all over the world. The second is the number of awards received from authoritative international organisations.
Products such as the Cobra lamp (Elio Martinelli), the Ruspa and Pipistrello lamp (Gae Aulenti) are featured in museums of worldwide interest, including the MoMa in New York and the Triennale in Milan.
Quality, environment and safety at work. These are the areas covered by the Integrated Management System (IMS) we have adopted, a combination of ISO certifications to improve company performance in these areas.
Adopting such a system is not an obligation, but a choice. We choose to improve by aligning ourselves with internationally recognised standards.
Since 2008 we have been UNI EN ISO 9001:2015 (Quality System Management) certified for the Design and Production of lighting equipment.
Since 2022 we have been certified UNI EN ISO 14001:2015 (Environmental Management System) to limit the environmental impact related to the design and production of lighting equipment.