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FLOS Lighting

Iconic Italian designs that have continued to change the concept of illumination since 1962.

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FLOS Lighting

Founded in 1962, FLOS quickly established themselves as Italian Lighting Specialists. That very same year, FLOS 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 FLOS Lighting's 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 FLOS 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 FLOS Lighting's 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.

Some significant FLOS product examples over the last forty years are: Parentesi (1970), Brera (1992), Fucsia (1996) and the recent Diabolo (1998). The revolutionary Parentesi by Achille Castiglioni and Pio Manza is a fine thread stretched between floor and ceiling and was awarded the compasso d'Oro in 1979. Over the years, prominent Italian and international names have designed for FLOS and Arteluce. Marc Newson created the Helice aluminum floor lamp (1992). Marc Sadler's Drop rubber wall lamp was awarded the Compasso d'Oro in 1994 the very same year also awarded to FLOS for its activity as a company. In 1988, FLOS Lighting began producing Ara, the first Philippe Starck lamp. This was the beginning of an important working relationship that has lasted ever since.������  was followed, among others, by the small colored Miss Sissi (1991) in plastic that turned out to be a cult object and an enormous commercial success. The following years produced the Rosy Angelis (1994), the Romeo Moon (1996) and Archimoon (1998) series. Throughout the nineties, the work of Achille Castiglioni and Philippe Starck has been flanked by a series of products from new and designers. This reflects FlOS Lighting's desire to keep discovering the most talented designers in order to maintain leadership in innovation. FLOS began producing Jasper Morrison's Glo-ball series in 1998, keynoted by a large opaline sphere that can be used with various types of supports. Kostantin Gricic is another innovative designer and the company produces two of his works: May Day that is reinventing a versatile, multi-purpose floor or suspension lamp, and Boxer, redesigning a characterless type with contemporary materials and lines. Finally, FLOS also produces Antonio Citterio's Lastra ceiling fixture. This lamp combines advanced lighting technology, printed circuitry and single adjustable task lighting with a traditional accent conjured up by the imposing crystal sheet and lamp hanging over the dining table.

FLOS Lighting's 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, FLOS celebrated forty years' production of designer lamps.

Achille Castiglioni
Achille Castiglioni
Born in Milan (1918-2002), Achille Castiglioni started work as an architect and designer with his brothers...
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Antonio Citterio
Antonio Citterio
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Gino Sarfatti
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Jasper Morrison
Jasper Morrison
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Marcel Wanders
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Michael Anastassiades
Michael Anastassiades
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Glen Oliver Low
Glen Oliver Low
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Patricia Urquiola
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Philippe Starck
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Pier Giacomo Castiglioni
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Piero Castiglioni
Piero Castiglioni
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Piero Lissoni
Piero Lissoni
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Rodolfo Dordoni
Rodolfo Dordoni
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Ron Gilad
Ron Gilad
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Sebastian Wrong
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Toan Nguyen
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