Legendary floor lamp: Flos Arco
Despite its stunning measurements, the famous arc light Arco from the Italian manufacturer Flos
captivates the viewer with elegant minimalism. A true cult icon by Achille Castiglioni the floor lamp stands for sublime understatement and accentuating zone lighting.
In 1962, the Flos Arco floor lamp
entered the market, by 1972 it had already gained entrance to the Museum of Modern Art in New York – ever since, this renowned luminaire has been a permanent part of the inventory. The stunningly decorative floor lamp catches the attention in three ways: At first, by its heavy, world-famous Carrara marble base from the region of Tuscany that lends stability to the lamps arching grace and beauty. The Romans already used this stone to create representative artwork. At second, the Flos Arco floor lamp
is characterized by the extendable shaft made of stainless steel that arches through the air to provide the right lighting based on the size of the table. Last, but not least, the hemispherical head of this lamp inevitably attracts the attention of the viewer. That is made of aluminium and directly illuminates the surface below via an included eco halogen lamp in a smooth yet powerful way.
The sheer size of the Flos Arco lamp
must not be confused with idleness. So, with just a few easy steps, the luminaire arm can be adjusted to a height of between 1.4m and 1.7, proving to be conveniently flexible and allowing for a considerable freedom of movement below the lamp. It is made of stainless steel and holds a lampshade of high quality aluminium, which also emits a small amount of light upward through its decorative openings on the upper side. In this way, the Arco light can be adjusted to shine right onto dining and coffee tables and create pleasant ambient lighting.
Just from the beginning, the Arco was a huge success and is still enjoying great popularity. Later, Flos has equipped the Arco floor lamp with an electronic dimmer and a light source that is considered the ultimate illuminant light source of the future, giving the luminaire a new name: Flos Arco LED
. The upgrade with modern LEDs ensures that the illumination provided by the Flos Arco is energy efficient, sustainable and therefore perfectly environmentally friendly. Positive side effect: Thanks to less energy costs your purse will benefit as well. The dimmer gives you control over the amount of light and the ambience, allowing a number of different lighting scenarios. What’s more, the Arco light comes also equipped with a memory function that allows it to save the last setting before it was switched off.
By the way, don’t worry about the imposing weight of 66 kg: To facilitate the transport of the Flow Arco LED
, the marble base has a hole in the base through which one can insert a stick, thereby making it easier to move the base.
Additional information on the designer: Famous designer Achille Castiglioni (* 16. Februar 1918 in Milan; † 6. Dezember 2002 at the same place) studied architecture at the Politecnico di Milano and graduated there in 1944. In 1957, together with Pier Giacomo, he attracted great attraction during the exhibition “Colori e forme nella casa d'oggi” at Villa Olmo in Como: the “Mezzadro” consists of a tractor seat mounted on a stool, “Sella” has a bicycle saddle as a seat. The lamps, which they conceived for Arredoluce, Artemide and in particular Flos brought them great success. Later they founded Flos and published the lights „Taraxacum“ (1960), „Splügen Bräu“ (1961) and ultimately the fabulous „Arco“ (1962). From 1968 on, Achille Castiglioni run the company alone and coined it by the playful means of misappropriation and the pursuit of reduced shaping. Achille Castiglioni favoured functionality over aesthetics, without neglecting shapeliness. He lived up to this approach up to an old age: In 1998, Castiglioni conceived the pendant light “Diabolo”, for which he again received the Compasso d'Oro. The following quotation perfectly reflects the philosophy of this design legend: “So refined and so simple – I like that.”