Valenti Luce Hebi Flexible Table Lamp by Isao Hosoe
The beautiful Hebi Table Lamp was designed by Isao Hosoe for Valenti Luce in 1970. A classic icon of modern design that is made by the original manufacturer according to the exact specifications when the lamp was first introduced. As a Japanese born aerospace engineer, Isao Hosoe moved to Italy in his early twenties to establish his own design office in Milan. His first design (1970) was the Hebi Lamp which propelled him into the international media spotlight. Hebi because a huge success with many thousands sold throughout Europe. Named 'Hebi' (Italian for Snake) because of its flexible structure which allows you to twist & turn the lamp in almost any direction. In addition, Hebi features a rotatable shade. Created in 1970, this lamp is one of the many icons of 20th century design. It holds a rightful place in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art in New York.
Collection: Valenti Luce
Valenti Luce Product Code: HEBI
Material: lacquered shade, flexible metal base, pvc
Dimensions: 19 3/4" fully extended, 3.5" diameter shade
Cord/Cable Lenght: 4'
Light Source: 1 X 40W max 120V E14 incandescent
Light Bulb Included: no
On/Off Switch: yes (on cord)
Use: indoor, living room, dining room, bedroom, office
Product Category: modern lighting, lamps, table lamps
Style: modern, contemporary
Condition: In perfect condition.
Materials: Black P.V.C., aluminium.
Total Length: 150 cm 59.05
Width lampshade: 9 cm 3.54
Electricity: 1 bulb E14 1 x 40 watt max 110/220 volt.
Not any type of lamp can be used, A small round bulb is required, clear/bright or white/opaque.
Period: 1970s Mid-Century Modern.
Designer: Isao Hosoe in 1969, in production since 1970.
Manufacturer: Valenti, Milan, Italy, today SP Light, Buccinasco, Italy.
Hebi is the Japanese word for snake. The flexible metal tube is covered in plastic and can be twisted in every direction and the lamp shade can be rotated as well.
A lamp with an unlimited flexibility of positions. It uses almost exclusively already existing components such as the PVC tube, usually used in wall cavities to carry electrical cables.
Versions and colours changed during the years. The first editions have a big VLM-switch model 475 designed by Achille Castiglioni and a aluminium tube with a internal hexagon socket-head screw on the end. Where the wiring starts is in later versions Valenti Made in Italy moulded in the rubber.
More recently produced models where cheaper made and didnt have the aluminium end tube; it became a plastic one. The name Valenti appeared in the middle on the flex tube.
Today the lamp is produced by the SP Light and Design srl company from Buccinasco, near Milan. Only available in red, black, white.
Valenti was founded in Milan in 1929 and became one of the most important companys of the Italian design movement under the leadership of the brothers Diego and Tenzo Phigi. Popular design lights such as Pistillo, Medusa and Hebiwere born.
Gold Medal at Lubiana Design Review 1973
On permanent display at the Brooklyn Museum in New York at the 20th Century Gallery, Victoria and Albert Museum, London, the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris and at the Triennale di Milano.