An alumnus of the Royal College of Art in London, Konstantin Grcic (pronounced GER-cheech) creates furniture that reflects his logical thought process, honest use of materials and respect for production methods. To him, design involves much more than having fun. “It’s hard work, serious work,” says the designer. “You have to think not only about the object you’re designing, but everything else about it, from how it will be produced to who will be using it, to what happens to it after it goes through its life cycle. So designing is a big responsibility.” Reflecting a focus on the end user, his do-it-all May Day Lamp (1998) is all about flexibility. This ultra-lightweight lamp has a hooked handle that also functions as a cord winder. Use it as a portable lighting source, or hang it high or low as needs dictate. Includes a convenient push-button switch on the handle. May Day resides in the permanent collection of MoMA. Bulb (not included): 8.5W/A19/E26 LED. Made in Italy.