Published: 03 Dec 2020
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Flos reissues a limited edition of its iconic MAYDAY lamp

The limited edition celebrates the light’s twentieth anniversary. Designed by Konstantin Grcic, just 2020 numbered lamps will be made and the elegant die-cast aluminium handle/hook will be embossed with the designer’s signature and serial number and come in special packaging.

The Mayday is recognised for its minimal simplicity – resembling a workshop lamp, it has a large hook that allows it to be suspended wherever light is needed, a translucent funnel that gives off a warm light and two spikes for winding up the five-meter power cord. In 2001 it won an ADI Compasso d’Oro Award for its ‘flexibility of use, with unlimited and easy indoor and outdoor collocations; affordable price; and persuasive formal research into the use of mostly existing components’.

Explained Grcic: ‘I tried to re-define the conventional typologies for a lamp: it is neither a pendant lamp, nor a table or floor lamp, not even a lamp for wall application,’ said Grcic. ‘Mayday is the emergency call used when you are in trouble at sea, and somehow the lamp offers this idea: it comes in handy whenever you need light.’