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"Mayday" Lamp

A work made of polypropylene.

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  • A work made of polypropylene.




Konstantin Grcic
German, born 1965

Manufactured by Flos SpA
Italian, founded 1962

About this artwork

Konstantin Grcic’s Mayday Lamp exemplifies the industrial designer’s aspirations to rethink conventional products for the home. This portable lamp is probably his best-known work to date and was realized with the Italian design company Flos. A practical rendition of an industrial lamp made for domestic use, Mayday Lamp was born out of Grcic’s dissatisfaction with contemporary lighting solutions. His love of Formula 1 racing, specifically the no-frills lamps employed by auto mechanics, served as a source of inspiration. Portable, funnel-shaped, and equipped with a hook that enables them to be secured under the hood of a car, these safety lamps provided the basis for Mayday. The large hook crowning the top of the lamp is functional, but it also acts as a decorative element in the uncluttered design.

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Architecture and Design


Konstantin Grcic (Designer)


"Mayday" Lamp


Designed 1998




53 × 21.5 cm (20 7/8 × 8 7/16 in.)

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Restricted gift of the Architecture & Design Society

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