In the occasion of the 10th anniversary of its iconic Bourgie table lamp, Italian plastic furniture specialist Kartell invited ten designers associated with the company to create tribute pieces for a special exhibition. Nendo designed the lamp eigruob, unveiled at Maison&Objet 2014.
"For our contribution, we decided to work with two of the lamp's most distinctive characteristics - its use of silhouettes and its transparency - rather than touching the original design itself. We created a new table lamp by inverting and rotating the Bourgie lamp's silhouette, so that when two of the new lamps are lined up together, the space between them forms the upside-down silhouette of the Bourgie lamp.
Because our homage inverts both the lamp's figure-ground relationship and our regular sense of up and down, we named the lamp Eigruob".
Photos by Akihiro Yoshida