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Pillola Lamp

This is a lamp. It is dated 1968. Its medium is methacrylate, plastic, acrylic. It is a part of the Product Design and Decorative Arts department.

Cesare Casati and Emanuele Pozio’s Pillola lights, designed in 1968, are representative of Italy’s anti-design movement of the mid-1960s and 1970s. They culturally channel the works of Claes Oldenburg and Andy Warhol with their oversized and humorous depiction of pills. Each light’s ability to move at varying angles evokes the haphazard look of pills accidentally dropped, demonstrating both their plastic materiality and the designer’s sense of humor. The lights are made out of ABS plastic and acrylic.

This object was donated by George R. Kravis II. It is credited Gift of George R. Kravis II.

Its dimensions are

H x diam.: 55.2 × 13 cm (21 3/4 × 5 1/8 in.)

Cite this object as

Pillola Lamp; methacrylate, plastic, acrylic; H x diam.: 55.2 × 13 cm (21 3/4 × 5 1/8 in.); Gift of George R. Kravis II; 2018-22-101

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