purchased to compliment ensemble of barcelona sofa/chairs/ottomans/table. probably the best fixture i could find for this location. one complaint is that it is difficult to recess the power cord in the support arm for the lamp as proposed by flos. ylighting had flawless customer service and competitive price.
By:Michael G. , Homeowner (phoenix, az)
I bought my Arco lamp in Edinburgh, Scotland in 1980. Although I have lived in SA since 1982, my Arco is alive and well and residing at my brother's house in Edinburgh, where it has pride of place. It has survived at least 4 house movings and is remarkably robust, even though it looks so slender. It is a timeless classic, alongside the Walter Gropius chair and chaise longue from the Bauhaus.
By:Chris G. , Homeowner (Johannesburg, South Africa)
I've had this lamp for 30 years and have seen it in numerous films and TV shows. Starting with James Bond, Goldfinger. It was recently in Dr. Who and most recently in Iron Man. There was also a desk lamp version on CSI NY this week.
By:Gary , Homeowner (Orange County California)
The Arco is gorgeous, but watch out if you have 8 foot ceilings....it's hard to put together because you have only a few inches to spare. (But, once installed, it's perfect!)
By:Marlene , Homeowner (Mt. Kisco, New York)
I have owned my Arco lamp for 5 years and am so happy that I spent money that I did not have back then for a piece that I simply love and of which I have never tired. The best never comes cheaply.
By:Gina , Homeowner (New York)
Five stars. It looks just as good as when I first bought it.
The Arco lamp is stunning in appearance with its simple structure of channel tubing; polish globe and eloquent marble block. The parts are of high quality, right down to the wiring. The clever design permits assembly and disassembly without much effort. Some may wonder if the hole in the block is fashion or function. Well, it's actually both and it becomes quite obvious once you lay everything out. Both the height and reach of the globe is adjustable to suit your taste, location and decor. However, if you have an 8-foot ceiling it will fit but just barely! In fact, I had to deviate from the assembly guide by attaching all of extensions before attaching the support arm to the block. You will need the added weight of the combined extensions to flex the arc downward in order to obtain the razor-blade ceiling clearance.
Cleaning is simple with plain clear water and a soft cloth and no chemicals should ever be used. For a little added protection I carefully applied a thin coat of Renaissance Wax to the entire assembly but that's just me.
The Flos Arco is virtually unchanged since 1962 so there is little point to highlighting its features but I'll try. It's supplied with a heavy-duty 120-vac plug with a foot-actuated switch. The stainless steel channel tubing is designed to flex and is quite durable for its intended purpose. The marble block is heavy and will remain stable on any hard surface floor. However, as nice looking as marble is, it's also delicate and will chip or stain if abused.
Overall the lamp is absolutely gorgeous. It's not likely to ever go out of style since this lamp has been in production since 1962. In fact, it's typically found as background art in several modern furniture magazines.
YLighting customer service is good. They use Con-Way Freight as their shipper for this item and they are professional.
By:Dan O. , Homeowner (Yuma, Arizona)
By:Baroque6 , Architect (Harrisburg PA)
It gives light into the middle of the room. Great looking and functional.
By:Dorian V. , Designer (New York, NY)
Great product came well packaged and at a good price.
By:LS , Homeowner (New York NY)
I discovered this lamp when my grandmother gave me over 30 years of Architectural Digest in the early 1980's.
I have wanted it ever since.
YLighting has such wonderful service. There is no doubt that I will be making more purchases from them.
By:Clinton D. , Homeowner (Seattle, WA, USA)
I got 40 years of Architectural Digest when I was in the fifth grade, and I fell in love with this lamp. I asked my aunt for it at xmas. I didn't get it...
A lame copy would not suffice.
I have it now, and it is everything I wanted and more.
The perforations in the top of the shade allow light from the silver topped bulb to dapple the ceiling, while the white interior of the shade reflects ample light to the surface below it.
By:Clint D. , Homeowner (Seattle)
The light is awesome. And, you customer
Service is wonderful and down home.
I am going to purchase all my lights
Through y lighting.
I find YLighting very easy to deal with- their site is great, and you get a good feel for what you are about to purchase. I think they have a great selection of items, with a wide variety of styles. We love our Arco lamp and will definitely buy from them again.
By:Kate P. , Homeowner (United States)