IKEA Stoja Desk Lamp
Materials: Round red pressed wood base. Yellow wood disc. 2 wooden rods. Blue wood triangle. White acrylic conical lampshade with a clear acrylic diffuser. White plastic E27 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.
Designer: To be appraised.
Manufacturer: IKEA, Delft, The Netherlands.
Other versions: This IKEA Stoja desk lamp exists as a floor lamp, wall lamp and flush mount. It was designed in the famous Memphis style.
Often said that Ettore Sottsass designed these line of lamps for IKEA, but those are false assumptions. As confirmed by the IKEA company.
2 wall lamps of the Stoja lamp series appear for the first time in 1990. This desk lamp in the 1991 catalogue.
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 until 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).
Acrylic: often named by its commercial name: Perspex, Plexiglas, Crylux, Acrylite, Lucite, is a thermoplastic.
Links (external links open in a new window)
Ettore Sottsass bio on the Artemide website
Many thanks to Jelena of IKEA for the enlightening information.