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Memphis Style Zigzag Desk Lamp

Materials: White plastic base. Black rubber ring. White plastic parts with red plastic elements. White metal rods and parts (iron and aluminium). Plastic lampshade, aluminium reflector. Porcelain socket.

Total Height: 106 cm / 41.73” – adjustable

Length Arm: 79 cm / 31.10”

Height Base: 54 cm / 21.25”

Width Base: 12 cm / 4.72”

Electricity: 1 bulb G6.35 halogen, 1 x 50 watt maximum, 12 volt – 220 volt.
Any type of light bulb on 12 volt can be used. Halogen or led.

Period: 1980s – Memphis style.

Designer: To be appraised.

Manufacturer: To be appraised.

Other versions: This Memphis style zigzag desk lamp was probably made in several colours.


Lamp made 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 ZaniniMarco 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.

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Memphis Style Zigzag Desk Lamp white & red plastic Ettore Sottsass history 1980s bio

Memphis Style Zigzag Desk Lamp white & red plastic Ettore Sottsass history 1980s bio

Bob Dylan – Stuck Inside of Mobile with the Memphis Blues Again