Martine Bedin: 1980s Memphis Design Modern Super Lamp
Super lamp: designed by
in 1981 for Memphis,
Memphis Group designer Martine Bedin's Super Lamp on wheels can be trailed along like a dog on a leash, demonstrating the collective's playful style.
Produced as part of the group's first exhibition, the Super Lamp was described by the designer as "like a small dog that I could carry with me". With exposed light bulbs splayed out from its arced back like the armour of a stegosaurus and four wheels that allowed it to be dragged along, the lamp – at Bedin's admission – is among "the more funny ones" in the group's debut collection from 1981.
The bold forms and bright colours championed by the Memphis Group – and present in the Super Lamp – drew a large amount of media attention and a very mixed response from the public.
Material: fiberglass, metal, rubber.
Size: 17 3/4" l. x 11 3/4" h.
Lead time: 2-3 business days
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.