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Mads Caprani's Timberline floor lamp returns after 20 years of oblivion, , during which it was the delight of discerning collectors. Created in the 1970s, the Timberline sports a playfully curved gooseneck that both captures and transcends the Scandinavian design language of the 1970s.
The lamp takes its name from Caprani's fascination with the timberline – that elevation above which forest gives way to rock. In the lamp, he translated this border by abruptly juxtaposing wood and iron. Family legend has it that the shape of the base came to him as he scribbled desperate question marks in his notebook.
The unique visual force of the floor lamp helped propel his lighting company – Caprani Light – into the international market and the Timberline became a European best-seller. Its production only ceased when the company closed its doors in 2000.
Mikkel Caprani, son of Mads Caprani: “My father's ambition was always to create a company that would have a major impact on the international design scene and the Timberline floor lamp is the product that enabled him to achieve this. It is an immense joy to see him come back to life thanks to Gubi. »
Materials cast iron, formed veneer of varnished oak and birch, canvas
Dimensions H151 cm x 68 x lampe shade Ø55 cm Weight 4,3 kg
Light source 1 x E27 (bulb not included)
Timberline Floor lamp
Born in Copenhagen in 1942, Micheli Alessio – aka "Mads" – Caprani spent his early childhood in the shadow of war. Her father fought actively in the Resistance and the family moved from town to town in order to escape the Nazis.
After the war, the family moved into a large house in the wealthy district of Frederiksberg and music became a passion. Caprani's father played the piano and Mads became the leader of a jazz band.
His career in design began after training as an electrician, then as an electrical engineer. Hired by renowned Danish lighting manufacturer Louis Poulsen, he worked with some of the leading figures of mid-century Danish design, including Arne Jacobsen, Poul Henningsen and Verner Panton.
In 1967, his father bought the Rotaflex lamp factory and Mads joined him 10 years later, before taking over the company in 1979, determined to establish himself on the international lighting scene.
Mads transforms the small Danish company Caprani Light into a global name - creating branches across Europe and even in Chicago and Wisconsin in the United States - thanks in part to the Timberline floor lamp, which becomes known worldwide as the "Caprani lamp ".
Caprani passed away in 2014, after realizing his dream.