Michele De Lucchi: Oceanic Lamp
Oceanic lamp: designed by
Michele De Lucchi
in 1981 for Memphis,
Based on the smoke stacks of an ocean liner, the Oceanic Lamp by Michele de Lucchi for Memphis Milano is one of the most striking and immediately recognizable designs from the Memphis Design Group.
Michele de Lucchi studied architecture at Padua University, and after graduation in 1975 moved to Milan to work for Kartell. After meeting Ettore Sottsass, Michele De Lucchi joined the Studio Alchimia designers and designed many interesting if not wacky designer objects, including the "Sinerpica" table lamp, and "Sinvola" (1979), which looks like an oversize pincushion with a light bulb stuck through the middle of it. From this group formed Memphis, and de Lucchi’s connection to this influential group. He continues to practice architecture and still designs lighting and furniture for many of Europe’s top companies.
Material: lacquered metal
Size: 29 1/2" h.
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About Memphis: Memphis was
founded in 1981 by architect Ettore Sottsass
and a group of young Milanese architects and
designers. The playful colors, materials and
motifs of the furniture,
ceramics and glassware was unveiled by
memphis designers at the 1981
milan furniture fair. Memphis split the design
world and caused a media
sensation after years of drab rationalism.
Memphis Milano became the radical design
movement that achieved iconic status.
Now part of museum collections world wide.