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Parentesi Floor Lamp

By Achille Castiglioni, from FLOS Lighting
$545.00
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Design by Achille Castiglioni and Pio Manzu', 1970.
By FLOS.

A Flos classic, the Parentesi has been in production since the 1970's. The fixture consists of a small ceiling mount, which can be trimmed to a specific size or left at its full length of 13 feet. The rubber bulb holder swivels in any direction and houses the fixture's On/Off switch. Parentesi's lamp moves vertically via the sliding of its painted or nickel-plated shaped steel tube on the ceiling-to-floor cable. The Parentesi simply plugs into any wall outlet. Select from two finishes.

Part of the permanent collection in the Museum of Modern Art in New York.

Dimensions
  • 157.5"H X 4.3"Max W
Material(s)
elastomer, steel
Lamp Type
INCANDESCENT
Bulbs
1 X 150W BR40 medium reflector flood incandescent lamp (not included)
Manufacturer Specifications
Click to download specifications.
Item Number
FLS-PARENTESI-FLOOR-LAMP
Model(s)
FU540030 FU540058

Design by Achille Castiglioni and Pio Manzu', 1970.
By FLOS.

A Flos classic, the Parentesi has been in production since the 1970's. The fixture consists of a small ceiling mount, which can be trimmed to a specific size or left at its full length of 13 feet. The rubber bulb holder swivels in any direction and houses the fixture's On/Off switch. Parentesi's lamp moves vertically via the sliding of its painted or nickel-plated shaped steel tube on the ceiling-to-floor cable. The Parentesi simply plugs into any wall outlet. Select from two finishes.

Part of the permanent collection in the Museum of Modern Art in New York.

FLOS

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.

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.

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Achille Castiglioni

Born in Milan in 1918, Achille Castiglioni started working as an architect and designer with his brothers Livio and Pier Giacomo in 1938. One of the great masters of Italian design, Achille Castiglioni was a founding member of ADI in the fifties. The long list of awards he has received include eight Compassi d'Oro. Achille Castiglioni's activity as a designer is an unmistakable blend of simplicity, irony and fun and it shows his close interest in the way objects are used, in the potential offered by technology and in the use of new materials.

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Modern The Parentesi blends the concept of a floor light and a ceiling lamp by including a ceiling mount and floor base. Although strong and stable, the Parentesi gives the illusion of lightness with its slender silhouette and cable that appears to float in space.
Date published: 2014-09-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful, but not for little children Hi, this is the most beautiful lamp, and I have coveted it for years. But please don't install it around little children, for the sake of the children. Wait a few years until they are past the dangerous age.
Date published: 2012-08-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from very cool installation more tricky than expected into ceiling, but once installed looks great. very pleased
Date published: 2011-11-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent purchase! We needed a floor lamp for our bedroom that didn't take up a lot of the footprint in the room, and had always had our eye on the Parentesi. Its completely exceeded our expectations! Installation was relatively painless, and it gives off just the right amount of light while looking sleek and modern.
Date published: 2010-11-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from simple and elegant i have had two for 20 years and wanted another. simple and elegant solution particularly if you pair it with an LED bulb.
Date published: 2010-11-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Functional, flexible and simple...we love it. What you see is what you get. This is like a bicycle, nothing hidden. The light is also flexible in it's ability to use numerous types of bulbs. We have accumulated five of these over the years.
Date published: 2010-04-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautifully designed will fit into any and all corners! The Parentesi just hangs there a beautiful abstraction of floor lamp doing what it was designed to do! I had a little difficulty with attaching it to the ceiling, but that's me. Eventually all is perfect! I would highly recommend this light and design.
Date published: 2009-12-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love At First Sight I fell in love with Parentesi the first time I saw it 7 years ago; and now I have 6 of them at home. The installation definitely requires some planning, especially the placement of the ceiling mount for the tension wire. But once you got over the handy-man stage, the product is definitely worth the trouble. You can use it as a focal point, or it can easily blend in with the surrounding. Parentesi is a true testiment of "Less Is More."
Date published: 2009-10-19
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Parentesi Floor Lamp is rated 4.5556 out of 5 by 18.
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Is there any way to install a dimmer with this lamp?

Asked by: damselfish
Yes, this fixture is compatible with an external dimmer that plugs into the wall, but it does not have a dimming switch built into the fixture itself. If you'd like to get some clarification on how an external switch would work with this unit, feel free to give us a call at 866.842.6209 and we can further assist you. Thanks for contacting us! Parin YLighting Customer Service
Answered by: Parin
Date published: 2014-12-08

Hello, I just received my Parentesi floor lamp, but there was no bulb shipped with the package. 

Asked by: coldam
Hi there! This does not include the bulb with purchase. It uses a "150W BR40 medium reflector flood incandescent lamp (not included)". With very few exceptions for specialty options, we do not sell bulbs alone for any of our fixtures. These are usually easy to find at your local lighting or hardware store. We also refer our clients to bulb-only retailers like 1000bulbs.com, bulbs.com, or bulbman.com to order replacement bulbs. We ourselves refer to these sites all the time to compare bulb options. Please feel free to contact us anytime at 866.842.6209 with any further questions about this product, or to follow up with anything else. We're here to help! Stephanie, YLighting Team
Answered by: Steph P
Date published: 2015-10-24
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