With the arc lamp Arco, Achille Castiglioni invented a completely new type of lamp and created one of the most famous icons of Italian design. Castiglioni also designed numerous other lights for Flos, including Luminator and Parentesi, both of which were awarded the Compasso d’Oro.
Also awarded with the Compasso d’Oro was the flexible and robust all-purpose lamp May Day, the first cooperation between Flos and Konstantin Grcic in 2000.
The functional desk lamp Kelvin was initially designed by Antonio Citterio for halogen lamps and accordingly had a large, oblique-conical shade that concealed the lamp. The large shade became obsolete for the LED version, the new Kelvin LED accordingly has a flat, square head with modern aesthetics and clever integrated technology for convenient lighting control.
The ceiling light Wan by Johanna Grawunder is small but nice, and its dome-like shape is based on a Japanese rice bowl. Fine details, such as interchangeable decorative rings, allow the compact lamp to outgrow itself.
The Dutch designer Marcel Wanders created a lamp in the typical extravagant style for Flos: The inside of the Skygarden lampshade is decorated with detailed stucco, an unexpected and attractive combination of modern lamp design and classic, elegant old building architecture.
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More about the brand Flos
Flos is an icon of the Italian lighting design, known for innovative and experimental ideas and true classics of lighting design. With pioneering designs by well-known designers, Flos has shaped the Italian and international design world over the course of its 50-year history.
Flos was founded in 1962 in Merano, in picturesque South Tyrol. In advance, the company founders Dino Gavina and Cesare Cassina, together with the Castiglioni and the designer couple Afra and Tobia Scarpa, developed furniture and soon also luminaires based on new materials and ideas. The Cocoon collection dates from this early period, a vivid example of the inventive spirit that drove the designers.
Sergio Gandini takes over the management of the company, who continues to work with the Castiglionis and Scarpas. There are numerous design icons that can still be found in the Flos range today. The company's headquarters moved to Brescia near Milan in 1964, where the company is still based today.
Through an exhibition on Italian design in the New York Museum of Modern Art, "Italy: The New Domestic Landscape", Flos achieved international renown in 1972. Flos grows into a globally active company, known as a pioneer and innovator, but through the acquisition of the traditional Italian company Arteluce also extends its range to include popular design classics from the 1940s and 1950s.
In the decades that followed, the Flos range continued to be shaped by collaboration with pioneering designers. In the eighties it was, for example, Philippe Starck, after the turn of the millennium, Jasper Morrison, Konstantin Grcic and Michael Anastassiades also had a significant influence.
Sergio Gandini was succeeded by his son Piero Gandini, under whose leadership Flos finds a balance between traditional craftsmanship and modern mass production, incorporates new materials and technologies into his design and opens up new areas of application.
Flos has already received numerous important design awards and has received the coveted Compasso d’Oro five times for lamps by Achille Castiglioni, Marc Sadler and Konstantin Grcic, as well as for his own company career.