TeTaTeT: "Like jazz improvisation" Davide Groppi

July 2016

“TeTaTeT means putting light between two people. It’s as intimate as it is mysterious. It’s one of the lights I like best. So immediate, like jazz improvisation” – Davide Groppi

Designed by the Italian minimalist poet of light, the innovative TeTaTet portable table light was recently recognized with a Compasso d’Oro award. Established in 1954, the award was born of an idea by the famed Italian architect Gio Ponti and is now organized by the ADI, “Associazione per il Disegno Industriale” that confers the most authoritative industrial design award in the world. Characterized for its portability and continuous design, the light blends function with sophistication in a pure, minimal form that is representative of Groppi’s aesthetic.

Its innovative design features a hidden magnet inside the base that allows the lamp to adhere to any metal surface and perform what looks like an eye-catching balancing act. A substitute base, a thin round metal disc, allows the lamp to stand on any non-metallic surface for increased versatility. The slim disc can be hidden under a tablecloth so the lamp appears like it is balancing effortlessly as if it was connected to the table.

Reduced to it’s most essential elements, a slender pole supports a larger cylindrical cap featuring a LED light source that emits a soft glow to create an inviting ambiance perfect for indoors or out. This organic and continuous design is what makes the TeTaTeT so distinctive. The TeTaTeT is available via Luminaire’s online store. Explore other lighting objects designed by Davide Groppi.