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Castiglioni Arco Modern Arch Stainless Steel & Marble Floor Lamp, FLOS, in stock

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FLOS Arco Floor Lamp by Achille & Pier Giacomo Castiglioni This lamp is ready for its close-up: Featured in Hollywood classics including diamonds are Forever and The Italian Job, the Arco is a design icon that has been in constant production since its debut in 1962. The famed Castiglioni brothers spared no detail when they created it, from the bevelled corners of its genuine Carrera marble base (designed not to hurt should you brush against them) to the strategic hole that allows for easy lifting of the base. The base supports a spun aluminum reflector via a curved stainless steel adjustable stem, allowing the lamp to offer both direct and indirect light. The height extends to almost 7-feet, allowing for easy placement of a couch or table underneath. The finish is stainless steel. The Arco floor lamp is available in LED or incandescent. Inspiration behind the design: The Castiglioni brothers drew their inspiration for the Arco lamp from something they saw every day: a streetlight. Using commercially available parts, they set out to design a piece that was technically innovative and visually appealing—a lamp that was functional but wouldn’t need to be stepped around. They finished it with a marble base, knowing that the same weight would take up less space, allowing the Arco to live in—not take over—the room it illuminated. This item is compatible only in the United States. For customers located outside of this region, please inquire for availability in your area.

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About the Design

Arco Lamp

It was a humble street light that inspired Achille Castiglioni (1918–2002) and his brother Pier Giacomo Castiglioni (1913–68) to design their Arco lamp. The two men, along with their eldest brother, Livio, were the sons of prominent Milanese sculptor Giannino Castiglioni, and all became trained architects. Achille graduated from the acclaimed Polytechnic University of Milan in 1944 and joined Pier Giacomo and Livio in the design studio they'd opened with Luigi Caccia Dominioni. With large architectural assignments hard to come by, the Castiglionis focused on small-scale projects. At the core of their design philosophy was problem-solving, creating objects that fulfilled consumer needs. Their motto was: “Start from scratch, stick to common sense, know your goals and means.” With functionality a primary concern, the Castiglionis produced pieces inspired by the “readymades” of artist Marcel Duchamp. The Arco lamp was born out of a desire to create a fixture that illuminated like pendant lighting but didn’t require drilling into the ceiling and that could be moved as its owner’s interior evolved. The initial Arco lamp, designed in 1962, had a marble base (weighing 110 pounds), a chrome ball shade and a long curved steel arm that enabled light to be projected from nearly eight feet up, as if from a chandelier hung overhead. In another ingenious touch, the Castiglionis drilled a hole in the marble base through which a broomstick could be guided to serve as a handle so that two people could move it. The same practicality is evident in the other famed lighting pieces — including the Snoopy and Taccia table lamps — that Achille and Pier Giacomo designed for FLOS. The brothers began their relationship with the Italian lighting company in 1960, and it continues to make their signature pieces today.
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