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Toio Floor Lamp
About the Design

The idea of the readymade didn’t just upend the art world, it also provoked a wave of invention in design. This provocative spirit is alive and well in the Toio floor lamp, which sees an integration of automotive parts as well as everyday recreational gear.

Along with their eldest brother, Livio, Pier Giacomo (1913–68) and Achille (1918–2002) Castiglioni were born in Milan and for a time, the three worked together in their own firm as architects and designers. While Livio departed the practice in 1952, Pier Giacomo and Achille would continue to collaborate on a wealth of projects in the ensuing years. The pair shared an experimental nature and injected personality and wit into the wide range of their celebrated mid-century modern designs, such as the Arco lamp, the Snoopy lamp and lots more.

Inspired by Marcel Duchamp, the brothers often used found objects in their designs, notably in the Mezzadro Tractor stool, the Super Sella stool and the Toio floor lamp. Produced by FLOS in 1962, the Toio (“toy”) incorporates a car headlamp and elements of a fishing pole. The height of the headlamp, which always faces up to provide indirect light, is adjustable, while fishing-rod rings at intervals along the stem help guide the electrical cord. At the base, a mechanism similar to the cleats on a boat keeps the cord neatly coiled and tucked away from view. These inventive utilitarian touches earned the fixture a coveted spot in MoMA’s permanent collection. Unusual and delightful in equal amounts, the Toio floor lamp is still manufactured by FLOS and reminds us that humor is a potent element of design.

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FLOS Limited Edition Toio Lamp in Matte-Black, 1stdibs Exclusive
By Achille & Pier Giacomo Castiglioni, Flos
Located in New York, NY
In 2019, FLOS USA introduces a limited-edition matte-black version of the global design icon, Toio designed by Achille and Pier Giacomo Castiglioni for FLOS in 1962. Toio’s steel bas...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Floor Lamps

Materials

Stainless Steel

Flos Toio Floor Lamp Achille & Pier Giacomo Castiglioni
By Flos, Pier Giacomo Castiglioni, Achille & Pier Giacomo Castiglioni, Achille Castiglioni
Located in New York, NY
Toio, or toy, floor lamp designed by brothers Achille & Pier Giacomo Castiglioni in 1962. Model for sale is contemporary version sold by Flos. Nickel-plated brass hexagon adjustab...
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2010s Italian Mid-Century Modern Floor Lamps

Materials

Brass, Steel, Nickel

FLOS Toio Floor Lamp in Red by Achille & Pier Giacomo Castiglioni
By Flos, Achille & Pier Giacomo Castiglioni
Located in New York, NY
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern

Materials

Stainless Steel

FLOS Toio Floor Lamp in White by Achille & Pier Giacomo Castiglioni
By Flos, Achille & Pier Giacomo Castiglioni
Located in New York, NY
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern

Materials

Stainless Steel

FLOS Toio Floor Lamp in Black by Achille & Pier Giacomo Castiglioni
By Flos, Achille & Pier Giacomo Castiglioni
Located in New York, NY
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern

Materials

Stainless Steel

Achille and Pier Giacomo Castiglioni Toio Floor Lamp for Flos
By Achille Castiglioni, Flos, Pier Giacomo Castiglioni
Located in Milano, IT
Toio floor lamp designed by Achille and Pier Giacomo Castiglioni in 1962 for Flos. This piece comes from 1970s. It features original plug. This design icon features Indirect light f...
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Vintage 1970s European Floor Lamps

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Metal

Comtemporary Flos Toio Steel Floor Lamp by Achille & Pier Giacomo Castiglioni
By Achille & Pier Giacomo Castiglioni, Achille Castiglioni, Flos, Pier Giacomo Castiglioni
Located in Copenhagen K, DK
Flos Italy, Contemporary Toio floor lamp. Floor lamp providing indirect lighting. Angle iron and formed steel base, painted in a black. Hexagonal nickel-plated brass height-a...
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Vintage 1960s Italian Floor Lamps

Materials

Steel, Iron

Achille et Pier Castiglioni for Flos 'Toio' Floorlamp, Italy, 1962
By Achille & Pier Giacomo Castiglioni, Achille Castiglioni, Pier Giacomo Castiglioni
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Achille et Pier Castiglioni for FLOS, 'Toio' floor lamp, metal and chrome, Italy, 1962. A floor lamp that encompasses Castiglioni's idea of a ready-made concept. A car headlight is ...
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Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Floor Lamps

Materials

Metal, Chrome

Red Toio Floor Lamp by Achille and Pier Giacomo Castiglioni for Flos, 1962
By Achille & Pier Giacomo Castiglioni, Achille Castiglioni, Flos, Pier Giacomo Castiglioni
Located in Berlin, DE
Red Toio Floor Lamp by Achille and Pier Giacomo Castiglioni for Flos, 1962 When the Castiglioni Brothers designed this legendary lamp in 1962, their inspiration was a car's headlight...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Floor Lamps

Materials

Steel

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