Design by Tobia Scarpa, 1973.
The Ariette wall sconce, designed by Tobia Scarpa, provides diffused light through two synthetic fabric squares. These diffusers are stretched over fiberglass rods that are held taught with injection-molded, fiberglass reinforced polyamide ceiling fittings. Diffusers rotate on a central mounting assembly.
Dimensions: 31.5", 39.3" or 51.2" W
Lamp Type: INCANDESCENT
Bulbs: 4 X 40W A19 medium base incandescent lamps (not included)
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FLOS was founded in 1962. The very same year they began producing a number of lamps that were to become classics in Italian industrial design. These first lamps were Arco, Relemme, Toio and Taccia all designed by Achille and Piergiacomo Castiglioni. As a tangible proof of their timeless design and technical excellence, these lamps continue to be produced today.
It all started with cocoon . . .In 1959 Arturo Eisenkeil from Merano, an importer of cocoon — a spray-on plastic coating produced in the United States — was tracking down possible applications for this new material. He joined forces with Dino Gavina and Cesare Cassina and set up a company to produce lighting fixtures. This marked the beginning of the long-standing association in the area of design with the Castiglioni brothers and Tobia Scarpa. The first cocoon lamps ever created were the offspring of this collaboration: Viscontea, Taraxacum and Gatto by the Castiglioni brothers and Fantasma by Scarpa. FLOS moved from Merano to the province of Brescia in 1964: At first to Nave and then to the current premises in Bovezzo. Sergio Gandini became chairman of the company in 1965. In 1974, the company became the owner of Arteluce one of the key Italian companies in the industrial design sector. Gino Sarfatti, an industrialist and designer, is the founder of Arteluce. Several models designed by Sarfatti himself have been incorporated into the product range.
From the very outset, FLOS has been characterized by its high-quality approach to lamp design and production. Many of the numerous lamps designed for the company, first by Achille and Piergiacomo, are undoubtedly some of the best-known and most successful products of industrial design. They have won awards and historical critical accolades, and are included in all the most important collections and design museums around the world.
FLOS' production will continue to be imbued with various design trends that embody their attention to leading-edge research combined with highly-efficient production, sales and communications. In 2002, the company celebrated forty years production of designer lamps.
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The Ariette Wall/Ceiling luminaire is a design classic that I was first introduced to when an exchange student in Germany; I fell in love with the even and warm light it emitted back then, and was prompted to purchase it as a result. It is an aesthetically strong addition to a room, embodying an understated sculptural elegance. I like it best on the ceiling. I recommend an alternate packing scheme be used by the manufacture, as some of the parts arrived loose in the box (but stout plastic pieces are quite robust). Assembly is pretty fast, but you should have several people on hand to stabilize the system as you bend the rods in place.
By:Keith V. (San Diego)
I have purchased Ariette 2 (39" square) and installed it as a ceiling light. It looks very beautiful when lit as it has a very even and warm glow. When it is not lit, it might not appeal to everyone as it has somewhat "improvised" feel to it, but that may be more pronounced so when it is installed as a ceiling fixture as opposed to being a wall mount. I personally like it for its kite-like feeling!!!
By:MR , Designer (Los Angeles)
Blends into the room
I have installed this wall piece onto the ceiling which I already did in my abroad home. Never got disappointed with the simplicity of this design. Good for low ceilings. Gives bright light.
By:Maria P. , Renter (NYC)
I have purchased many Flos products before, notably the Archimoon soft table lamps. So I felt confident that I was purchasing a quality product for my client without seeing it in person. I ordered it directly from the YLighting website so I only saw photos - very misleading ones.
By:L.D. , Designer (Jersey City, NJ)
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