The origin of the TRUBBNATE lamp first appeared in our stores already in the 1970s. But good design is timeless. The shadow play the lampshade creates is as exciting today as when Erik Østerby developed the creative design – perfectly adapted to a flat pack. With some small tweaks and updates, it became a lamp for a new era.
It all started when we were contacted by a relative to the Danish designer Erik Østerby. After his passing, his family found a lamp he made for IKEA more than 40 years ago. It was still in its original flat pack – perhaps we were interested in taking a look at it?
When we received the package and unpacked the lamp, we realised it had timeless qualities. Or as Product Developer, Chaira Ripalti describes her first impression: “I absolutely loved it! From a design perspective, it was simple but strong.”
Chiara shows how Erik Østerby’s clever solution, with eight round sheets of flexible plastic, forms a three-dimensional shape when assembled.
“And when you turn on the light, there’s an exciting shadow play on the wall.”
In order to adapt TRUBBNATE to our time, Chiara adjusted details that perhaps aren’t noticed at first glance. Like the material; the 1970s was certainly the golden era of plastic, but since then, quite a lot has happened with both quality and the origin of the raw material.
“We wanted to use recycled plastic, but it’s hard to make it all white and spotless.”
The solution was to use recycled plastic on the inner part of the lamp, which isn’t visible and mostly virgin plastic on the thin, outer sheets.
“We found a plastic that spreads an even, beautiful and decorative light. This makes TRUBBNATE just as suitable over the dining table, as by the sofa or in the bedroom.”