Ettore Sottsass, ‘Tahiti Lamp’, 1981, The Modern Archive
Ettore Sottsass, ‘Tahiti Lamp’, 1981, The Modern Archive
Ettore Sottsass, ‘Tahiti Lamp’, 1981, The Modern Archive
Ettore Sottsass, ‘Tahiti Lamp’, 1981, The Modern Archive

This example travelled with the Memphis exhibition to most venues from Memphis, Tennessee to the Cooper Hewitt in New York City. It was also displayed in the Grace Designs showroom and has remained in our founders collection. It is in truly remarkable condition despite its travels over the last thirty-plus years. Some minor knicks or scratches. Original electrical parts are intact. Light currently works intermittently, although we have all the original specifications and details if repair is requested. Currently have kept the lamp in original condition. Original metal Memphis/Milano identification tag came back from one of the museum exhibitions taped to the bottom. We have left this in tact as a memento from its travels.
Ettore Sottass' drawings are often playful and childlike, and the Tahiti is infused with personality that is both inquisitive and introspective. It clearly incorporates a movable halogen light ideal for desk or end table use, as either a down or up light. An early collectible version of this definitive Sottsass design. This popular design can also be seen as earrings for the Memphis Designers for Acme Collection.

Series: Early version in series - not numbered

Signature: Metal Identification on bottom

Image rights: The Modern Archive

Manufacturer: Memphis/Milano

U.S. Memphis traveling exhibition at ten venues from Memphis,TN to NYC's Cooper Hewitt Museum

Included in color in Memphis, Research, Experiences, Results, Failures and Successes of New Design by Barbara Radice

Memphis/Milano

About Ettore Sottsass

An Italian architect and designer known for his large oeuvre including furniture, jewelry, glass, lighting, and office design, Ettore Sottsass was also the founder in the early 1980s of the Memphis Group. Drawing inspiration from such movements as Art Deco and Pop Art, Memphis produced and exhibited furniture and objects that were vibrant in color and futuristic in design. Sottsass’ own work was known for its variety, oftentimes incorporating playfulness through ornamentation and color. His Olivetti typewriter (1969), one of his most celebrated designs, made of bright red-orange plastic, was a Pop phenom in both its functionality and innovative design. His architecture and design career spanned many decades and styles.

Italian, 1917-2007, Innsbruck, Austria, based in Milan, Italy

Solo Shows

2017
2014
Giacomo Guidi Arte Contemporanea, 
Rome,
2010
New York,
Ettore Sottsass: Un Piccolo Omaggio a Mondrian

Group Shows

2017
stockholmmodern, 
Stockholm,
Public
2016
Erastudio Apartment Gallery, 
Milan,
2016
Cologne, Germany,
'Summer Exhibition'
2014
Erastudio Apartment Gallery, 
Milan,
View Artist's CV