Progressive Collection

SAMBA-M

The project for the reissuing of SAMBA-M was initiated by Gallery Tamura Joe under the supervision of Kuramata Design Office in 2021, 30 years after Kuramata's death. Based on the existing drawings and the actual product, Ambientec improved it to be double-walled glass, water-proof, cordless, and rechargeable powered by a long-lasting lithium-ion battery.

Original SAMBA-M was an objet d'art in which a red LED the latest technology at the time, encased in a wine-glass-shaped glass. It was very difficult and expensive to produce, and only a small number were made available to the public.

The reissue “SAMBA-M” by Ambientec was achieved with the goal of developing a product that would be affordable to a larger range of people through the advancement of technology.

SAMBA-M was unveiled in 1988 at the exhibition "IN-SPIRATION," which toured Tokyo, Paris, and Milan. The exhibition invited more than 20 young creators from Japan and abroad who proposed new lighting designs unconstrained by existing concepts, and included Ron Arad and Zaha Hadid. Kuramata supervised the exhibition, the venue configuration, and exhibited his work “SAMBA-M”. At the opening party, he surprised the guests by pouring champagne on the SAMBA-M and lighting it up red.

SAMBA-M Specifications

Designer

Shiro Kuramata (1934 – 1991)

Gallery Tamura Joe is one of the most influential design galleries in Japan directed by entrepreneurs and design enthusiasts Masatoshi Tamura and Joe Suzuki.
Masatoshi Tamura is a graduate of the Cranbrook Academy of Art in the United States. Back in Japan, he founded Sempre Design, a lifestyle store that is well known among design- enthusiasts for its selection of talented and emerging designers.
Joe Suzuki is both a designer and an entrepreneur. He collaborates with international artists in the development of new projects and he also organizes design events. A journalist by passion, he is the author of "A Secret of Masterpiece Furniture," a publication still considered a best seller among design books. Suzuki is also an art collector and participated in the establishment of the Tokyo Opera City Art Gallery.

One of Shiro Kuramata's masterpieces [Miss Blanche].

Gallery

Gallery Tamura Joe

Gallery Tamura Joe is one of the most influential design galleries in Japan directed by entrepreneurs and design enthusiasts Masatoshi Tamura and Joe Suzuki.

Masatoshi Tamura is a graduate of the Cranbrook Academy of Art in the United States. Back in Japan, he founded Sempre Design, a lifestyle store that is well known among design- enthusiasts for its selection of talented and emerging designers.

Joe Suzuki is both a designer and an entrepreneur. He collaborates with international artists in the development of new projects and he also organizes design events.
A journalist by passion, he is the author of "A Secret of Masterpiece Furniture," a publication still considered a best seller among design books.
Suzuki is also an art collector and participated in the establishment of the Tokyo Opera City Art Gallery.