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Ashoka Lamp

Ashoka Large Table Lamp by Ettore Sottsass for Memphis Milano
By Memphis Group, Ettore Sottsass
Located in Kansas City, MO
Ashoka lamp by Ettore Sottsass for Memphis, Milano, 1981. Excellent condition.
Category

Vintage 1980s Italian Post-Modern Table Lamps

Materials

Steel

Ettore Sottsass ASHOKA Table Lamp for MEMPHIS srl
By Ettore Sottsass
Located in Brooklyn, NY
The Ashoka table lamp is an early Ettore Sottsass lighting masterwork for the introductory 1981
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Vintage 1980s Italian Post-Modern Table Lamps

Materials

Metal

Ashoka Metal Table Lamp 'EU' 220 Volts, by Ettore Sottsass for Memphis Milano
By Memphis Group, Ettore Sottsass, Memphis Milano
Located in La Morra, Cuneo
Here you are shown the EU wired, Ashoka table lamp in lacquered metal, designed by Ettore Sottsass
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Table Lamps

Materials

Metal

Ashoka Metal Table Lamp USA 110 Volts, by Ettore Sottsass for Memphis Milano C.
By Memphis Group, Ettore Sottsass, Memphis Milano
Located in La Morra, Cuneo
Here you are shown the US wired, Ashoka Table Lamp in lacquered metal, designed by Ettore Sottsass
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Table Lamps

Materials

Metal

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Ashoka Lamp by Ettore Sottsass
Ashoka Lamp by Ettore Sottsass
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Ashoka Lamp by Ettore Sottsass
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Ashoka Lamp For Sale on 1stDibs

Choose from an assortment of styles, material and more with respect to the ashoka lamp you’re looking for at 1stDibs. Each ashoka lamp for sale was constructed with extraordinary care, often using metal, steel and laminate. Find 12 options for an antique or vintage ashoka lamp now, or shop our selection of 3 modern versions for a more contemporary example of this long-cherished piece. You’ve searched high and low for the perfect ashoka lamp — we have versions that date back to the 20th Century alongside those produced as recently as the 21st Century are available. A ashoka lamp made by Modern designers — as well as those associated with Mid-Century Modern — is very popular. Ettore Sottsass, Memphis Group and Memphis Milano each produced at least one beautiful ashoka lamp that is worth considering.

How Much is a Ashoka Lamp?

A ashoka lamp can differ in price owing to various characteristics — the average selling price 1stDibs is $3,667, while the lowest priced sells for $2,705 and the highest can go for as much as $10,012.

Ettore Sottsass for sale on 1stDibs

An architect, industrial designer, philosopher and provocateur, Ettore Sottsass led a revolution in the aesthetics and technology of modern design in the late 20th century.

Sottsass was the oldest member of the Memphis Group — a design collective, formed in Milan in 1980, whose irreverent, spirited members included Alessandro Mendini, Michele de Lucchi, Michael Graves and Shiro Kuramata. All had grown disillusioned by the staid, black-and-brown “corporatized” modernism that had become endemic in the 1970s. Memphis (the name stemmed from the title of a Bob Dylan song) countered with bold, brash, colorful, yet quirkily minimal designs for furniture, glassware, ceramics and metalwork. They mocked high-status by building furniture with inexpensive materials such as plastic laminates, decorated to resemble exotic finishes such as animal skins. Their work was both functional and — as intended — shocking. Even as it preceded the Memphis Group's formal launch, Sottsass's iconic Ultrafragola mirror — in its conspicuously curved plastic shell and radical pops of pink neon — embodies many of the collective's postmodern ideals.

Sottsass's most-recognized designs appeared in the first Memphis collection, issued in 1981 — notably the multihued, angular Carlton room divider and Casablanca bookcase. As pieces on 1stDibs demonstrate, however, Sottsass is at his most imaginative and expressive in smaller, secondary furnishings such as lamps and chandeliers, and in table pieces and glassware that have playful and sculptural qualities.

It was as an artist that Ettore Sottsass was celebrated in his life, in exhibitions at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, in 2006, and the Philadelphia Museum of Art a year later. Even then Sottsass’s work prompted critical debate. And for a man whose greatest pleasure was in astonishing, delighting and ruffling feathers, perhaps there was no greater accolade. That the work remains so revolutionary and bold — that it breaks with convention so sharply it will never be considered mainstream — is a testament to his genius.

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