It was also Achille Castiglioni who secured Flos the first Compasso d'Oro award, one of the most renowned design awards in the world. Together with his brother Pier Giacomo, Castiglioni designed the minimalist Luminator uplighter which is even after many decades still a permanent part of the portfolio offered by Flos. Another design by Castiglioni is the Toio uplighter which was created using everyday objects such as a car headlight and angling accessories. Toio thus follows the tradition of ready-mades, the artistic misuse of everyday objects, which was made popular by the French artist Marcel Duchamp. With the Toio uplighter
Castiglioni’s works found their way into the famous New York Museum of Modern Art (MoMA). One of the key success drivers of Flos is the collaboration with the who’s who of the international design scene. In addition to the big names that have been supporting Flos since the early years, the Italian manufacturer also collaborated with famous persons such as Marcel Wanders, Jasper Morrison or Konstantin Grcic. Moreover, the star designer Philippe Starck played a special role in the history of Flos. With successful lights such as the Miss Sissi, the Miss K or the Starck created some of the most popular and successful Flos lights.
The well-known Italian industrial designer Achille Castiglioni was born...
Starck remembers having spent his childhood under his father’s drawing...
As the co-founder of Moooi and a designer for Flos Marcel Wanders not...
The list of famous designers that already collaborated with Flos is long. The British designer Jasper Morrison, one of the world’s best known representative of functionalism, for instance, designed for Flos the Glo-Ball light family with the characteristic shade made from opal glass. The well-known Italian architect and designer Antonio Citterio already worked for Flos multiple times and designed, amongst others, the LED desk lamp Kelvin LED which offers a high flexibility and a very good colour rendering. Flos also had tremendous success with the Wan light family penned by the designer Johanna Grawunder. The Wan impresses with its plain design language and the light emitted downwards. The “container of light” – Wan is the Japanese word for “container” – unobtrusively blends into existing spatial concepts thanks to its
modern design. Numerous luminaires by Flos were acknowledged with renowned design awards. Achille Castiglioni, for instance, won a further Compasso d’Oro for Flos with the unique Parentesi pendant light. However, the best-known piece by Achille Castiglioni for Flos is probably the Arco gooseneck lamp. By designing the Arco, Castiglioni created the first gooseneck lamp in the world and thus laid the foundation stone for a luminaire type which nowadays is a common object in our everyday lives. With its wide-reaching arc the Arco is the ideal replacement for a pendant light. Another design penned by Castiglioni is the futuristically looking Moni ceiling light. Moni diffuses a part of its light in the form of an effective light corona onto the ceiling and thus provides for a real eye-catcher in the room.
The Dutch star designer Marcel Wanders, who is by now extremely successful with his own label Moooi, also collaborated with Flos several times. The elaborately designed and spectacular
Skygarden pendant light range, for instance, reminds us of a stucco-decorated ceiling. The extravagant design of the Skygarden was awarded with the Red Dot Award. A quite unusual design object is the May Day designed by Konstantin Grcic. This extraordinary light in the form of a speaking tube cannot be classified as a luminaire and can either be used as pendant light, a gooseneck light or as table lamp. The May Day is a further Flos light that was acknowledged with the Compasso d’Oro award.
This Italian prize has been awarded since 1954 and is thus one...
Good Design award
Already since 1950, the Good Design Award has been awarded by the...
Red Dot Design award
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Being a long-standing companyFlos is always aware of its roots and still sells some of the classics from its founding period. The 2097-30 chandelier, for instance, which was created by the Arteluce founder and well-known designer Gino Sarfatti has been part is its range on offer for 50 years. Besides, in the 1940s and 1950s Arteluce was one of the most popular and best-known design brands in Italy. In the early 1970s, Flos took over the brand Arteluce and included some of the successful lights into its assortment. The extraordinary Ariette wall light, presented for the first time in 1973, is also still available from Flos. The Ariette was designed by Tobia Scarpa, a well-known designer who has supported the Flos brand since the early days.
However Flos is not resting on its laurels
but rather breaks new grounds in terms
of design as well as with regard to technology. For instance, the Italian high-class brand is not afraid of letting its light classics undergo a live-cell therapy. The gooseneck classic Arco, for instance, is today also available as an LED version. The remake of the
Many new releases by Flos also make use of modern LED technology as well as of modern design concepts. The Aim pendant light by the Bouroullec brothers for instance, presents itself as a minimalistically designed light source
that light source that can be arranged in numerous ways thanks to the special cable suspension. For its extraordinary design concept, the Aim was, amongst others, rewarded with the Good Design Award. A similar concept also forms the basis of the String Light by Michael Anastassiades: here, the connecting cables are the primary design element. The user itself then becomes the light designer who arranges the cables of the String Light within the room as desired. Products such as the D’E-Light Tavolo by the star designer Philippe Starck illustrate that Flos always keeps in mind the spirit of the time. Thus, the D’E-Light Tavolo not only represents an energy-efficient table lamp using LED technology but also offers a storage shelf as well as a charging station for tablet PCs and smartphones.