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vela 22 Orlandini Design, 1980

Light like the wind

A new version of the Vela lamp, lightweight, dynamic, thin and swivelling, a graphic sign in space.
A simple aluminium tube, which rotates by means of a ring-shaped support fixed to the ceiling and which, thanks to its variable positioning, can be easily lowered or raised so as to bring the aluminium cone with direct diffused light to the area to be illuminated.

Paolo Orlandini tells the story of his first meeting with Elio Martinelli, when he proposed the Vela lamp concept.
It was the 1970s. Still alive in the designer's memory are the familiar atmosphere that was breathed between those present and the meeting place, Elio Martinelli's country house, a rarity in the daily work of the young designer Paolo Orlandini from Milan.


I remember when, as a child, in the entrance hall to my house, we used to build kites using two bamboo sticks, some paper and a bit of glue. This lamp has some of that same spirit of simplicity, lightness and also of childhood magic.
Paolo Orlandini