The company Oluce was established by Giuseppe Ostuni in 1945 and is Italy’s oldest active lighting design company. Oluce celebrated its first big success in 1951 at the 9th Triennale with an indirect incandescent light object, which was designed by Franco Buzzi. Within a few years Oluce reached an international public through the magazine Domus. The Agnoli implicated a groundbreaking change. This spot light that is fixed on a slender stem marked on the one hand the decline of lampshades and on the other hand the rise of simply floor lamps.
Oluce mostly owes its pronounced revolutionary attitude the collaboration with Joe and Gianni Colombo. A new material, namely a specially pressed glass, inspired Joe Colombo to create for example the weatherproof outdoor-family “Fresnel”, which quickly enjoyed great popularity. In 1967 Colombo designed the product “Coupé” which is still exhibited in the Museum of Modern Art in New York. In 1968 “Coupe” gained the “International Design Award” of the American Institute of Interior Designers in Chicago.
When the company was given over to the Verderi family, a new era began for Oluce. The great master of Italien design Vico Magistretti adopted the job of the art director and chief designer. Oluce benefited from Magistretti’s unmistakable style and his international reputation and continued its track record. At the beginning of the 90's the rigour of the Swiss designer Hannes Wettstein dominated the Oluce’s design policy.
In 1995 Oluce lived through another transformation under the guidance of the new art director Marco Romanelli. Oluce focussed on including diverse personal idioms especially of nameable designers like Sebastian Bergne, Hans Peter Weidmann or Laudani & Romanelli in their product design. Oluce started the new millennium with new energy and new partnerships. Examples therefore are the products “Ibiza”, “Cand-led” and “Nerolia”. A considerable name in connection with Oluce is Oki Sato who is Japan’s most refined young designer and extended Oluce’s product range for example with the products “Sorane” and “Switch”.