Table Lamp
Date of appearance: 1981
Trademark: Memphis
Designer: Ettore Sottsass
Made in: Italy
Dimensions: 860 × 290 × 90 mm
Materials: metal frame
Color: white, yellow, blue, green, pink, black, grey
Tags: memphisgroup, ettoresottsass, ashoka, featured

The ‘Ashoka’ table lamp is one of the of several lamp designs produced by Ettore Sottsass for Memphis. In form this is the closest to the ‘cactus’ or ‘totem’ design language of some of his furniture, like the Carlton room divider and the Casablanca sideboard (V&A museum number: W.14:1 to 6-1990). Both pieces use individually coloured and patterned extending elements projecting from a centre plinth. Sottsass also often chose names which referred to his interest in ancient legend and ritual. He travelled in India in the 1960s which had a crucial influence on his work. This lamp is named for Ashoka, an ancient Indian emperor.