• Arco floor lamp, 1962, Achille castiglioni, Flos
  • Arco floor lamp, 1962, Achille castiglioni, Flos

Arco floor lamp, 1962

Arco floor lamp by Achille Castiglioni for Flos.

The Arco floor lamp has been in continuous production since 1962 and now considered a design classic. Every part of the design has a function.

"We were thinking about a lamp that shines light onto a table. They already existed, but you had to walk around them. To leave enough space around the table, the base had to be at least two meters away. Which was how the idea for Arco came into being. We wanted to make it with commercially available parts and we found that curved steel angle iron worked perfectly well. Then there was the problem of the counterweight: a heavy-weight was needed to support it all. Our first thought was concrete, but then we chose marble because the same weight took up less space, and also because we could obtain a better finish for a lower cost. In Arco nothing is decorative: even the bevelled corners on the base have a function, which is not to hurt us; even the hole isn’t a flight of fantasy, but to make it easier to lift the base.” Achille Castiglioni.

The Arco floor lamp is also available in a multichip LED model at an additional cost.

Bulb (not included):
1 x 70W E27 HSGSA/S.
1 x 30W CR193 LED (LED model only).

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Arco floor lamp by Achille Castiglioni for Flos.

The Arco floor lamp has been in continuous production since 1962 and now considered a design classic. Every part of the design has a function.

"We were thinking about a lamp that shines light onto a table. They already existed, but you had to walk around them. To leave enough space around the table, the base had to be at least two meters away. Which was how the idea for Arco came into being. We wanted to make it with commercially available parts and we found that curved steel angle iron worked perfectly well. Then there was the problem of the counterweight: a heavy-weight was needed to support it all. Our first thought was concrete, but then we chose marble because the same weight took up less space, and also because we could obtain a better finish for a lower cost. In Arco nothing is decorative: even the bevelled corners on the base have a function, which is not to hurt us; even the hole isn’t a flight of fantasy, but to make it easier to lift the base.” Achille Castiglioni.

The Arco floor lamp is also available in a multichip LED model at an additional cost.

Bulb (not included):
1 x 70W E27 HSGSA/S.
1 x 30W CR193 LED (LED model only).

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Height: 2.4m
Span: 2.2m
Rod height: 1.45-1.75m (adjustable)
Weight: 63.8kg
Cord length: 2.7m

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This iconic floor lamp features a genuine Carrara marble base that supports a spun aluminium shade via a curved stainless steel adjustable stem.
The height extends to over 2m allowing placement of a table or sofa underneath.

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Flos was founded in 1962 in Merano, for the purpose of producing modern lighting.

Flos was founded in 1962 in Merano, for the purpose of producing modern lighting.

With the intention of developing new lighting concepts, the company enlisted the aid of Achille Castiglioni, Pier Giacomo Castiglioni and Tobia Scarpa. Many successful designs of this trio are still manufactured half a century after their initial realizations. One of the first materials the team experimented with was cocoon, a very pliable material made in the USA. In 1964 Sergio Gandini joined the company, and the headquarters were moved to a new site near Brescia.

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