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Parentesi Floor Lamp

By Achille Castiglioni, from FLOS Lighting
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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
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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 Lighting

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 (1918-2002), Achille Castiglioni started work 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 The product was great, the packing abhorrent The product received was the exact product I had been hoping for; however, the product was not packed in a box big enough for its size and thus some of the components of the light burst from the box within shipping and according to UPS, elements of the lamp had been rolling around the truck whilst in delivery. I was not pleased to see a few scrapes on the base of the lamp because it had burst from the box and was bouncing freely around the UPS truck. I hope in the future lamps will be shipped in more appropriate boxes.
Date published: 2008-08-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Classic Industrial Design When one sets up this lamp one sees why it is part of the permanent collection of NYC's MoMA. The tension-based design is industrially artistic and is minimally instrusive on sight-lines. The only negative is that the bulb is VERY bright and NON-directional. I would not recommend this lamp for "spot" lighting, but more fore indirect or higher ceiling-to-floor lighting effects. I have several lined up like a floor screen and the effect is dramatic. I would recommend this lighting solution to anyone.
Date published: 2008-07-12
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
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Classic design, hard to adjust I love the minimalist industrial design of this lamp. My only complaint is the difficulty to adjust the angle of the bulb. The part of the rubber connector that spins is attached with a flush, headless screw that you can't tighten up. When angled at the wall, the weight of the bulb pulls it down 'til it aims at the floor. After a few tries, I found that sliding a plastic washer in there helps keep it in place.
Date published: 2009-06-29
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 4 out of 5 by from child appropriate?? I really would like to install this lamp in my living room...but I have an 18month year old boy. Would this lamp be child safe/durable enough for a little bit of handling? I worry that a traditional floor lamp will just be continually knocked over. Thanks
Date published: 2011-01-10
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 Achille Castiglioni's Parentesi Floor Lamp brings refined whimsy and function to any interior Achille Castiglioni was a genius of design. The Parentesi Floor Lamp has always made me smile - it's simplicity is still amazing and style fresh. I've used them in lieu of wall sconces and as seating area reading lights.
Date published: 2008-10-16
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Parentesi Floor Lamp is rated 4.5294 out of 5 by 17.
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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
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