Andon is a minimalist floor lamp designed by nendo for De Padova. The functional value of a table usually lies in the “top” of the tabletop, while its “bottom” serves as a supporting structure. This is where the “andon,” an ancient Japanese lantern, came into the spotlight.
Based on the Japanese lifestyle of sitting and sleeping on the floor, andon is a type of floor lamp that is designed to illuminate the floor and its surroundings. Inspired by this feature, the space under the table is illuminated using the structure of the table legs. As a result, the space under and around the tabletop, which would normally be dark and gloomy, becomes brighter.
Available in round and square shapes, as well as in different sizes of framework-only variants without lighting function, tables can also be arranged in a combined layout of several units.
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