A playful Memphis design from 1982, the Callimaco Floor Lamp by Ettore Sottsass is often described as a “horn of light” because of its resemblance to an oversized musical instrument. Atop the yellow-painted aluminum shaft sits the bright-red accent of the lamp’s steel diffuser, which points to the ceiling to fill your room with indirect LED light. The lamp sits on a conical gray-painted steel base—the “bell” of the giant trumpet inspiration for the design. The Callimaco features an incorporated touch dimmer and uses a 35W LED bulb. It measures 78.75h with a 15.4”diam. ase and a 96”l cord. Ettore Sottsass, a founding member of the Memphis Design Group, is a designer with work in MoMA’s collection.
Size78.75h x 15.4"diam.
MaterialAluminum, Steel, Chrome
Year of Design1982
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Born in Innsbruck, Austria and raised and educated in Turin, Italy, Ettore Sottsass (1917–2007) was a designer and architect best known as a key founder of the Memphis Design Group, which was active in the 1980s. The group's postmodern design sensibility, which was famously described as “a shotgun wedding between Bauhaus and Fisher-Price,” is characterized by bold, bright colors and asymmetrical shapes that evoke and combine totemic symbols and earlier design styles. Sottsass is represented in MoMA's collection with more than 20 objects, including the Valentine Portable Typewriter, Asteroid Lamp and Summa 19 Calculator. His work has been featured in numerous exhibitions at the Museum, including The Value of Good Design (2019), Shaping Modernity: Design 1880–1980 (2009–2010) and Information (1970).
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