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1980s IKEA Desk Lamp
Materials: Acrylic lampshade, wood, pressed wood, painted in red, yellow and blue. White plastic socket.
Height: 44 cm / 17.32”
Width: 30 cm / 11.81”
Base: ∅ 17,5 cm / 6.88”
Electricity: 1 bulb E14 – 1 x 40 watt maximum, 110/220 volt.
Any type of light bulb can be used, but a small one is preferred.
Period: 1980s – 1990s.
Designer: To be appraised, inspired by Ettore Sottsass.
Manufacturer: IKEA, Delft, The Netherlands.
Other versions: Made as a floor lamp, wall lamp and ceiling lamp.
This light was designed in the 1980s in the famous Memphis style.
The Italian Memphis Group was a design and architecture group founded by Ettore Sottsass (1917-2007) in 1981 in Milan which designed Postmodern furniture, lights, fabrics, ceramics, glass and metal objects from 1981 to 1987.
The name was taken after the Bob Dylan song “Stuck Inside of Mobile with the Memphis Blues Again“. The song was played constantly during the first meeting of the designers on the 11th December 1980.
The group’s members included Andrea Branzi, Aldo Cibic, Alessandro Mendini,Arata Isozaki, Barbara Radice, Beppe Caturegli, Ettore Sottsass, George Sowden, Gerard Taylor, Giovanni Levanti, Hans Hollein, Javier Mariscal, Laura Agnoletto, Lawrence Laske, Luciano Paccagnella, Marco Susani, Marco Zanini, Marco Zanuso, Maria Sanshez, Martine Bedin, Marzio Rusconi, Massimo Iosa Ghini, Masanori Umeda, Matteo Thun, Michael Graves, Michele de Lucchi, Nathalie du Pasquier, Peter Shire, Shiro Kuramata and Thomas Bley. Ettore Sottsass left the movement in 1985, the Memphis Group disbanded in 1991.
IKEA, formerly known by its full initials, Ingvar Kamprad Elmtaryd Agunnaryd, is a multinational group, headquartered in Delft, The Netherlands, but founded in Älmhult, Sweden in 1943 by then 17 years old Ingvar Kamprad (30 March 1926 – 27 January 2018).