‘May day’ portable lamp, by Konstantin Grcic for FLOS

Published on September 14, 2015


Mayday… Mayday… were the famous last words before the Titanic sank. The S.O.S. call originates from the French ‘m’aider’ (engl. ‘help me’).

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Konstantin designed the ‘May day’ portable lamp to be a tool. It has a practical handle which incorportates the ON/OFF switch and two spikes to wind up the 5 meter long cable. A big hook on the end of the handle comes in helpful to install the lamp wherever needed. The big white funnel is at the same time reflector and protector. Its smooth polypropylen plastic gives off a warmly diffused light and is strong enough to absorbe any bashing.

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‘May day’ is not designed for anywhere in specific. It rather comes in handy in all sorts of expected/unexpected situations: Taking it to the garage for work underneath the old Mercedes Benz. Taking it to the garden where it can hang from a tree. Using it on top of a ladder or lying on the floor trying to get the cat from behind the cupboard. Kids love ‘May day’ inside their self-made cardboard house. Gricic has one next to his bed for late night reading. Another one sits by the front door of mhis apartment… just in case.


Signed by Konstantin Grcic and presented with the Gold Compass award, May Day is a lamp suitable for multiple uses and locations: it can be positioned on a table, placed on the floor, or suspended, thanks to the practical handle, which also acts as a cord reel.


Designer: Konstantin Grcic

Project assistant: Klaus Hackl (KGID)

Producer: Flos


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