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Category: Lighting

Ambientec - SAMBA-M ©︎Hiroshi Iwasaki

Samba-M, rechargeable portable lamp designed by Shiro Kuramata ©︎Hiroshi Iwasaki


The Japanese portable-lighting brand launches a reissue of the “glass of light” created by the Tokyo design genius.

This cultural and technological statement marks 30 years since Shiro Kuramata’s untimely death, and was created for the Gallery Tamura Joe under the supervision of the Kuramata Design Office.

Designed by
Shiro Kuramata
Shiro Kuramata 1934-1991

Ambientec reissues Samba-M, Shiro Kuramata’s glass goblet full of light. 
The Japanese brand, specialized in elegant and portable lamps, draws on its exceptional technological skill to mass-produce this fascinating objet d’art.

This cultural and technological statement was entrusted to Ambientec by the prestigious Gallery Tamura Joe, under the supervision of the Kuramata Design Office, to commemorate the 30th anniversary of Shiro Kuramata’s death.

Shiro Kuramata was one of the most important designers of the 20th century. His work was strongly influenced by surrealism and contemporary art, full of a free-spirited playfulness that stands in stark contrast to the efficiency-focused, market-oriented mainstream design of today. Drawing inspiration for a lamp from a common wine glass, an ordinary object found in every home, was a challenge.


The story of SAMBA-M illustrates how it cannot be reduced to a mere tool for illuminating the darkness, and is instead a true objet d’art. The original idea for the piece came in 1988, at the vernissage of the exhibition “In-Spiration”, when Kuramata surprised the guests (including Ron Arad and Zaha Hadid, both still unknown) by putting a bright red light in his glass of champagne. A playful gesture, but far from a simple joke: what Kuramata wanted to convey was the appeal of a design that existed in the space between products and artistic vision.


When SAMBA-M was first introduced in 1988, it was very difficult and expensive to produce, and only a small number were made available to the public. Today, Ambientec brings this whimsical piece back to life, ready to be touched, used and enjoyed: a goblet made of thin and double-layered glass, integrated with advanced LED technology. It lights up in shades of red at the softest touch, evoking the iridescent tones of the wine the Maestro raised in a toast to the vernissage forty years ago.


Like all Ambientec portable lamps, the Samba-M reissue is waterproof, rechargeable and powered by a long-lasting lithium-ion battery.

Ambientec - SAMBA-M ©︎ Nacása & Partners.

Samba-M, rechargeable portable lamp designed by Shiro Kuramata

Ambientec - SAMBA-M ©︎ Nacása & Partners.

Samba-M, rechargeable portable lamp designed by Shiro Kuramata

Ambientec - SAMBA-M ©︎Hiroshi Iwasaki

Samba-M, rechargeable portable lamp designed by Shiro Kuramata

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Oggi  Ambientec  restituisce  al  pubblico  la  possibilità  di  toccare,  utilizzare  e ammirare questa ironica lampada: un calice in vetro sottile e a doppio strato che, integrato con le più avanzate tecnologie LED, semplicemente sfiorato si illumina tingendosi di rosso, evocando le sfumature cangianti del vino che il maestro aveva proposto all' inaugurazione di trent' anni fa.

Come  tutte  le  lampade  portatili  Ambientec,  anche  la  nuova  edizione  di  SAMBA-M  è impermeabile,  ricaricabile  e  alimentata  da  una  batteria  a  lunga  durata  agli  ioni  di  litio.


Yoshinori  Kuno,  visionario  fondatore  e  CEO  di  Ambientec  racconta:

“We are delighted by this opportunity to revive the Samba-M. We have dedicated all of our signature technological expertise to this reissue, and the project demanded a great deal of responsibility on our part. The challenge was to preserve and communicate Shiro Kuramata’s original stroke of genius. I have a great admiration for the way he was able to break out of the mainstream with his often provocative and ironic designs, his ability to create shifts in meaning, and the poetic resonance he could draw out of everyday objects and their functions,” says Yoshinori Kuno, Ambientec’s visionary founder and CEO."