Lagombra (Anders Jakobsen)
To find one’s place is one of life’s everyday metaphors, but Lagombra’s lamp is not easy to place in the normal order of things and categories. The raw materials consist of a tray and a lamp produced by IKEA. In order to give its mass-produced goods a human touch, IKEA likes to give them names, and this lamp is named after the small town of Påbo. The designer, on the other hand, is anonymous. Lagombra’s aim has been to add as little as possible in mechanical terms while nonetheless creating a new and unique lamp. He has used the tray as the base for the lamp and converted what was a hanging lamp into a standard lamp that can also be folded together.
The reworking bears the hallmark of a low-tech ideal and appears to be more inspired by underground urban culture and DIY than rooted in classical Swedish furniture craft traditions. Lagombra’s lamp highlights the need to make something personal out of one’s surroundings, and it also points to an active and creative consumer role. He does not allow himself to be dictated to by IKEA’s assembly instructions. On the contrary, the roles have been reversed: IKEA has become subcontractor and he himself has taken on the role of producer.
Lagombra’s lamp therefore rises above familiar categories such as design and craft, mass production and unique objects, good and bad, valuable and worthless, while at the same time conveying all these opposites and contradictions. The lamp opens a room for reflection and that makes it significant art. In short, it is what his company name, Lagombra, indicates: good enough.
Lagombra (Anders Jakobsen, b. 1972 Canada) is a cabinet-maker and lives in Stockholm.
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