One of Achille Castiglioni’s most iconic designs, the Lampadina (“bulb” in Italian) table lamp was designed in 1972 for the FLOS company.
Much of the appeal of this lamp is the way in which it solves several design issues with minimal, yet brilliant design decisions. This is not a lamp that feels in any way desperately lacking the wonders of modern technology.
What then, does modern technology have to offer the Lampadina?
The spirit of the Lampadina, as we see it, is charming, elegant and utilitarian. It’s simplicity of form and function are essential to it’s design. We knew that a contrived attempt to add unnecessary complexity to it would mean a divergence from the original design intention.
Thus we chose to focus on a more practical problem; updating the light source from incandescent to LED, and creating the appropriate interface to control the extra functionality afforded by the LEDs, namely color and brightness.
This needed to be treated carefully since the incandescent bulb is the single most important design element in the original; we needed to retain the look, but in a way that still made sense with the new technology.
Process documented here: projects.domusacademy.net/makeityourown/?p=241
Masters in Interaction Design
WS04_Make It Your Own
Team: Yameng Li, Charles Lee-Thorp, Roman Klementsov
Music by Tomar Davok