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Mayday Lamp 20th Anniversary Edition

by Konstantin Grcic, from flos

mayday lamp 20th anniversary edition

mayday lamp 20th anniversary edition

Design Konstantin Grcic, 1998
Polycarbonate, die-cast aluminum
Made in Italy by Flos

"It was a lamp I wanted to have for myself - a lamp that I felt should be something like a tool. A tool is an object that fulfills a function - a very concrete function - and normally its form explains the function. That's what makes a tool so beautiful." -Konstantin Grcic

A versatile, contemporary table lamp from designer Konstantin Grcic, May Day is a brilliant blend of utility and sophistication. It features an injection-molded, tapered opaline polypropylene diffuser. May Day hook/handle also acts as a cord-winder, and is made of 10% talc-filled injection-molded polypropylene. On/off switch on the handle.

Released in 2020, designer Konstantin Grcic revisits the Mayday, his first-ever design for Flos, with a special 20th anniversary edition featuring a sleek, die-cast aluminum handle. Each handle has engraved the exclusive and unique progressive serial number for each piece plus the designer's signature. The incision was made by traditional handcrafted mechanical punching.

Originally designed in 2000, Konstantin Grcic offers a lamp that is the height of functionality, but doesn’t skimp on beauty. He created this conical light to go anywhere it is needed - whether that means it's displayed prominently or illuminates a utility closet.

Konstantin Grcic was born in Munich, Germany in 1965. After training as a cabinet maker at Parnham College in England he studied design at the Royal College of Art in London from 1988-1990. Konstantin Grcic creates industrial products widely described as pared down, simple, minimalist. What sets him apart from the minimalism in fashionable currency today is that he defines function in human terms, combining maximum formal strictness with considerable mental acuity and humor.

20.9" h | 8.66" dia | black cord: 190" L | 1.54 lbs.
requires 1x6w A-19 frosted bulb

$495.00 + free shipping in the continental U.S.
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Konstantin Grcic

Konstantin Grcic (b. 1965, Munich) trained as a cabinet maker at Parnham College in England and studied design at the Royal college of Art in London from 1988 to 1990. He then founded the KGID office (Konstantin Grcic Industrial Design) in 1991, which led to commissions from leading firms in furniture, design, and architecture. Grcic creates industrial products widely described as pared down, simple, essential, or minimalist. His take on minimalism differs from the current fashion in its function in human terms, combining maximum formal strictness with considerable mental acuity and humor.
The furniture manufacturers and entrepreneurs Dino Gavina and Cesare Cassina founded Flos which became one of the leading Italian light manufacturers in the second half of the 20th century. Its origins lay in the energy of Arturo Eisenkeil who, in 1959, was seeking to find applications for a new, plastic-based material that he was importing to Italy from the United States. Called cocoon™, it was a spray-on plastic coating that Gavina and Cassina recognized as having potential for lighting design. From the outset, Flos established its reputation through its innovative lighting designs from Achille Castiglioni. The collaboration with Achille Castiglioni continued through the '90s, and in 1992 he introduced the "family of products" concept to the market with the Brera series. At the same time, Flos continued to scout for emerging talent at an international level. The first Philippe Starck lamp was produced in 1998, followed by the Miss Sissi lamp, Romeo Moon, and Archimoon series.

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