Livio Castigioni and Gianfranco Frattini created a long flexible tube light made of thermoplastics, PVC and metal. This lamp (The Boalum lamp) has won the many prizes for its design. We shall see how this devices is constructed and the possible inspirations Livio Castigioni and Gianfranco Frattini had creating this piece.
The lamp is made from as stated before Thermoplastics, PVC, metal as well as Glass for the bulbs. There is a metal skeleton within the lamp to provide stability and protections for the bulbs and like a skeleton it is made out of many parts and joints to ensure the most manipulation of the device as manipulation is a key feature of the Boalum lamp. A spiral plastic casing surrounds the lamp providing the structure of the piece. This lamps purpose was to be an unusual form of Diffusing light. This lamp is built with extendibility in mind this is shown with the addition of modular end pieces as this light can be connected to another, four of these can be connected in sequence creating an eight meter long snaking lamp.
The lamps patent was filled 18/3/1970 in Italy. A poster of the Boalum lamp advertised it as being used on tables, floors and walls as well as being worn and tied it to knots  . This lamp was intended to be a modern and unique tool for illumination of an area as well as being as piece of art in its own right. The Originals of this design can be purchased for around $2050 nzd and recent versions can be bought for $811.36 nzd.
Livio is no stranger to lighting as he has designed 3 other, lights Scintilla Suspension lamp Scintilla Wall lamp and Scintilla Floor lamp. The Boalum is the most unusual thing he has designed but shares some visual characteristics to the two mounted lamps as they are both semi tubular, produce low light and contain a strong internal skeleton to protect the bulbs. These are the more practical designs unlike the Boalum lamp. Livio also dabbled with cutlery design and managed to create a table spoon, table fork, table knife, tea spoon, dessert fork, dessert knife, a ladle, a serving spoon and a serving fork.
Gianfranco Frattini is also familiar with furniture and lighting design. Gianfranco has been recognised for his extensive furniture design skills and given many awards. The large amount of experience and connections allowed for the creations of such an unusual lamp
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Initially I didn’t like the Boalum lamp, I thought it was overpriced and impractical but that was before I understood that this lamp is meant to highlight the object around it with its unusual shape as well as provide ambiance lighting in the foreground of the audience instead of hiding the lighting away like many people do. Livio Castigioni and Gianfranco Frattini created a wonderful piece that still holds up today whilst still being an effective spot light.
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