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Some bright ideas: Vespa Lamps!

November 16, 2006

The Italians are known the world over for their innovative designs and the precision of their craftsmanship which have always been associated with style and elegance. That’s probably the reason why when we say the term ‘Italian design,’ it flows so naturally as, say, ‘American Dream’ or ‘Chinese food!’

In fact, Italy has been successful in the design department, it excels in , not one, but several areas when it comes to it; be it fashion, home interiors/furniture, automobile & transport and industrial design.

It is said that one aspect of Italian design combines functionality with irony. They use scrap materials or makeshift items to reinvent and give birth to a new product. The Vespa is a result of such reinvention. During that time, Piaggio was an aircraft manufacturer so the wheels of the original Vespa prototype was in fact, aircraft tail wheels; and the simple two-stoke engine was the starting unit of large aircraft engines.


Another prime example of this kind of Italian ingenuity is the lamp above. The designer utilized an actual handle bar of a Vespa scooter create this one-of-a-kind lamp with the headlight serving as its light source. The fully-functional work of art was designed by Maurizio Lamponi Leopardi. You can read this artist’s bio here.

He designed other Vespa-themed lamps, each one very distinct from the others. Check ‘em out!


The price for each of these lamps fetches at €1,1000. Following today’s conversion rate, that would cost about USD1,400 or about PHP70,000! Some precious stuff! But they are really nice though. :)

You can see his other lamp designs in his website’s gallery.

Shine bright!



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10 Comments leave one →
  1. November 17, 2006 12:38 pm

    when will you get your hands on one of those john? is this the beginning of a new collection? hehe

  2. November 17, 2006 12:46 pm

    pare, I can’t afford it even if I wanted to. :)

  3. August 7, 2007 12:03 am

    Wow… very good, this was very good-looking but I want to understood if the price in Indonesia how many?
    Because in Indonesia was not that could make like that.

  4. Jim J permalink
    October 9, 2007 8:12 pm

    These lamps are cool. L like them a lot.

  5. Jim J permalink
    October 11, 2007 4:45 pm

    If you notice this notice you will notice that this notice is not worth noticing

  6. Andrew Parsons permalink
    November 8, 2007 1:12 am

    My name is Andrew P

  7. joey permalink
    January 8, 2008 10:57 am

    john, am so happy to stumble on your blog and this web site. internet is so cool. am so surprise to know we have people like you that are still in love with vespa. my dad passed away couple years ago and left me his favorite bike vespa. i dream to ride your northern luzon vespa ride.
    keep on riding john…

  8. January 14, 2008 10:11 pm

    Thanks for the kind words, Joey. Hope to ride with you one of these days. :)

  9. December 2, 2010 5:35 pm

    we always choose home interiors with bright colors because the mood is uplifting ~-,

  10. July 13, 2011 6:50 am

    I do not even understand how I finished up here, but I assumed this publish was once good. I do not understand who you are but certainly you’re going to a well-known blogger if you happen to are not already ;) Cheers!

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