TAKO (octopus in Japanese) is a table lamp inspired by the Spanish cuisine. The two bases of TAKO lamp remind the typical wooden plates where the famous “pulpo a la gallega” is served, while its shape and the elastic band evoke a bento, the traditional Japanese lunchbox. Its parts are assembled with... More
TAKO (octopus in Japanese) is a table lamp inspired by the Spanish cuisine. The two bases of TAKO lamp remind the typical wooden plates where the famous “pulpo a la gallega” is served, while its shape and the elastic band evoke a bento, the traditional Japanese lunchbox. Its parts are assembled without screws, making it extremely easy to put together.
The Pulpo a la gallega, chopped octopus served on a round pinewood plate, seasoned with only salt, olive oil and chilli. The simplicity of this old tradition was the starting point of this project: something minimal in both its aesthetics and components, a design that would immediately give a feeling of home with the use of a natural material like wood and the basic form of the circle. But extreme simplicity, minimal forms, are also the fundamental principles of the Japanese aesthetic, so the idea of combining these two cultures, so far away from each other but at the same time so interesting in the use they make of few elements, producing results of great sensory effect (be it food, art, design) came almost by itself. I decided then to hold the three pieces of the TAKO lamp (the two bases and the plastic lampshade) using a fabric elastic band, as in the Bento, the traditional Japanese lunchbox. And there I came with the result I was looking for: a straightforward design, simple and evocative, a soft, gentle light that could help create the right atmosphere.
With the idea of this simple yet effective and cosy design in my mind, I started to look at the single elements of this project in order to be able to have an effective production process. The wooden plates are worked one by one in our workshop here in Barcelona. Jigs and templates precisely guide the router making the grooves for the elastic band, cable and lampshade, and a precision drill press is used to bore each one of the 232 little holes on the top plate to allow for ventilation. The opaque polypropylene lampshade is cut with a CNC router from a 0,8mm thick sheet and snap-fit to form a cylinder that produces a soft and gentle light. When the lamp is assembled, the joint is hidden behind the elastic band, making it invisible. Attention to the environment has also been a key point in designing TAKO lamp. As a designer I believe I have the moral obligation to help raise a conscious use of the objects we bring in our daily life. The simplicity of TAKO lamp’s design has also been a choice guided by the need to use few components and materials, trying to keep its impact on the environment as low as possible.
Tako Lamp has been awarded with a Golden A´ Design Award 2013 in Lighting Products and Lighting Projects Design category.