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Desk Lamp by Achille Castiglioni & Flos, Italy



Desk lamp designed by Achille Castiglioni in 1980 and edited by Flos (Italy). The name comes from a game in Lombard language which consists in diverting the sunbeams with a mirror. Structure is in off-white lacquered aluminum and the circular base is in grey steel. There is a polished aluminum reflector on the top with a mirror on which light is directed. Light is focused on one area that can be changed thanks to a wheel moving the reflector up and down. There is a switch to set the light intensity at the back. This model in white is no longer in production. Power cord. circa 1980 Dimensions: D 10cm, H 42cm.` Dimensions: D 4 in, H 16.6 in.


  • Creator
    Achille Castiglioni (Designer),Flos (Manufacturer)
  • Dimensions
    Height: 16.54 in. (42 cm)Diameter: 3.94 in. (10 cm)
  • Style
    Mid-Century Modern (Of the Period)
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
    circa 1980
  • Condition
    Wear consistent with age and use.
  • Seller Location
    Paris, FR
  • Reference Number
    Seller: 18821stDibs: LU2065316411771

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  • Shipping
    US$115.46 Express Parcel Shipping
    to United States 0, arrives in 4-5 days.
    We recommend this shipping type based on item size, type and fragility.
    Estimated Customs Duties & Taxes to the Continental US: $0.
    Ships From: Montesson, France
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    A return for this item may be initiated within 14 days of delivery.

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About the Manufacturer


Imaginative lighting is a longtime hallmark of modern Italian design. Following in the footsteps of innovative companies such as Artemide and Arteluce, the company FLOS brought a fresh aesthetic philosophy to the Italian lighting field in the 1960s, one that would produce several of the iconic floor, table and pendant lamp designs of the era. FLOS — Latin for “flower” — was founded in the northern town of Merano in 1962 by Cesare Cassina (of the famed Cassina furniture-making family) and Dino Gavina, a highly cultured businessman who believed that artistic ideas espoused in postwar Italy could inform commercial design. The two enlisted brothers Achille and Pier Giacomo Castiglioni as their first designers. Even before FLOS was formally incorporated, the Castiglionis gave the firm one of its enduring successes with the Taraxacum pendant and associated designs made by spraying an elastic polymer on a metal armature. (George Nelson had pioneered the technique in the United States in the early 1950s.) For other designs, the brothers found inspiration in everyday objects. Suggestive of streetlights, their Arco floor lamp, with its chrome boom and ball-shaped shade sweeping out from a marble block base, has become a staple of modernist decors. Designing for FLOS since 1966, Tobia Scarpa has also been inspired by the commonplace. His folded-metal Foglio sconces resemble a shirt cuff; his carved marble Biagio table lamp looks like a jai alai basket. In 1973, FLOS purchased Arteluce, the company founded in 1939 by Gino Sarfatti, and it continues to produce his designs. In recent decades, FLOS has contracted work from several noted designers, including Marcel Wanders and Jasper Morrison. As instantly recognizable as they are, many FLOS designs remain accessible. While FLOS lighting is the essence of modernity, its sleek, subtle designs can be used to strike a sculptural note in even traditional spaces. Browse a broad range of FLOS lighting fixtures at 1stDibs.
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