ETTORE SOTTSASS "TAHITI" TABLE LAMP
"Memphis" is arguably the most ambitious, subversive and fun design movement of the 20th century.
Conceived in Italy in 1981 Memphis desecrated the ideals of Modernism in favor of an aesthetic that was bold, kitschy and random.
It took inspiration from all the characteristics that Modernism had rejected, notably color, ornamentation and irreverent forms.
Ettore Sottsass was both the ringleader and the first to abandon the community and aesthetic (in 1985).
Nevertheless, he remains the designer most associated with the design movement, arguably because his creations were the most eccentric and fabulous.
"Tahiti" is both a paradigm of Sottsass' work and an icon of the "Memphis" period.
Many Memphis creations mixed pattern laminate with strong colors and random shapes.
The stylized faux-leopard laminate base is one of the most recognizable Memphis motifs (also used for chair produced by Knoll).
"Tahiti" is simultaneously an important icon of 20th century design, a fun collector's piece and a great desk lamp.
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Enameled metal and laminate.
Italy, circa 1981
Metal tag on verso.
25"H 18"W 4"D