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The tripod was a natural choice for a lamp base given its stability. This is why they are used to mount delicate surveying and photographic equipment. Curiously enough, a tripod was also used as the base of the stool from which Apollo's priestess delivered oracles at Delphi, the three prongs symbolising the sun. What could be more appropriate then, than to make a lamp whose tripod base not only provides outstanding stability but which also symbolises light itself
The Trípode comprises three tubular metal rods which are topped off with the GT5 shade. This extremely stable arrangement obviates the need for a heavy base. The lamp cord is tucked away in one of the legs so as not to detract from the clean lines of the composition.
The success of the Trípode floor lamp led the Santa & Cole in-house design team to conceive a smaller version, perfect for placing on a table. Its dimensions had to be reduced in proportion and a plate placed in the upper opening of the lampshade to avoid the light source from being looked at directly. In both versions, the lamp shade comes in three colours - red, black and white. The shallow conical frame is hand-covered with tape, woven from threads of the desired colour. This gives the light an intriguing striated effect.
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