‘yaya’ lamp by mauro soddu images © raffaele vargiu

italian architect mauro soddu has created a lamp linked to the traditional memory of the old matriarch figure typical to sardinia, italy. the close relationship between the sardinian woman and the weaving process influenced his choice of wool as the principal material. the aim of the designer is to evoke the role of the grandmother which is slowly disappearing in a rapidly modernizing society.

the lamp has a very simple and thin iron structure based on five curved elements. welded backbone to the structure hides the light source which is composed of nine warm leds. the skirt of the ‘yaya’ lamp is formed from a wool string, woven from the bottom rod to the upper one, encircling the metal support system at each passage. the covering mantle is a pure white woolen cloth, hand-stitched to the iron structure in four points.

mauro soddu: yaya illuminated lamp

mauro soddu: yaya unlit ‘yaya’ lamps

  mauro soddu: yaya one black and one red ‘yaya’ lamp

mauro soddu: yaya ‘yayas gossip’  

mauro soddu: yaya basic lamp framework

mauro soddu: yaya structure and wool weaving beginning

mauro soddu: yaya process image for the skirt construction of ‘yaya lamp’

mauro soddu: yaya detailed view of the red lamp

mauro soddu: yaya detail of the black lamp

mauro soddu: yaya elevations and logo

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