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.
In 2020 Flos set a major milestone in terms of climate protection and sustainability. The company was able to reduce its emissions and reach a neutral CO2 balance.