Flos Stories Issue one: Together
The decision to call the first issue of the new Flos Stories ‘Together’ was made a month before lockdown began. The idea was to tell stories of connection—between light, people, objects, and spaces. Day by day, we’re learning how to exist in the same space with others, we’re finding unexpected synergies, and we’re developing new ways of being together
Creative Director Apartamento Studios
Managing Editor Hannah Martin
Art Director Omar Sosa
Graphic Design Ángel Cánovas
Project Management Melek Kücükaksu
Photography Santi Caleca, Gregory Civera, Alecio Ferrari, Osma Harvilahti, Gerhardt Kellermann, Tommaso Sartori, Scheltens & Abbenes
Acknowledgements B&B Italia, Barber and Osgerby, Ricardo Bofill Taller de Arquitectura, Edoardo Monti, Scheltens & Abbenes, Vincent Van Duysen
Coordinates at Cristallerie Fratelli Livellara, Milan
At Cristallerie Fratelli Livellara, a former glass manufacturer on the outskirts of Milan, photographer Tommaso Sartori chronicles Coordinates, a new Flos lighting system by Michael Anastassiades. Inside the 1920s, Futurist-inspired factory, these modern works of industrial design find effortless equilibrium.
Vincent Van Duysen. Alone With Ourselves
Our existence has come to a screeching halt. Recent global events represent a deafening wake-up call. Our lives, once characterised by interaction with others, are now spent in confinement, a kind of self-togetherness. But restraint is not always detrimental. There’s a silver lining. This is the time to reconnect with our inner selves, a time for self-reckoning, a zenith of awareness.
In a 13th century Italian palazzo in Brescia, Edoardo Monti has established a dynamic artist residency, bringing together creatives from around the world. We caught up with him in May, just as Italy emerged from its two-month lockdown, to talk about building community, the future of art shows, and what it’s really like to be quarantined in a palazzo.
Michael Anastassiades. Things That Go Together
In the midst of organising a career retrospective at the Nicosia Municipal Arts Centre in 2019, Cyprus-born designer Michael Anastassiades scrapped all the scenography plans. Instead, he displayed more than 100 objects—lights, tables, collections of stones and tools, models for a drinking fountain—more democratically, in casual groupings on the floor.
Photographer Alecio Ferrari and set designers Studio Fludd infiltrate the Flos factory, mixing lamp components from Lampadina by Achille Castiglioni (soon available in six new colours)—with found objects to create dreamy compositions.
Ricardo Bofill’s Casa Familiar
As humans, we crave togetherness. With family, with friends, with the people we love. But, for many of us, time in quarantine has taught us something: we also need a bit of privacy. When, in 1973, Spanish architect Ricardo Bofill and his father, Emilio, created a summer house in Mont-ras, a few kilometres from the Costa Brava, they had this in mind. The radical home they built didn’t propose 24/7 family time. Rather, it suggested a harmonious balance between being together and being apart.
Maurice Scheltens and Liesbeth Abbenes
The photographs of Maurice Scheltens and Liesbeth Abbenes are at once reproductions of strikingly familiar scenes and abstract paintings made up of colour and line. They tempt the spectator to look at the world with different eyes; to go beyond what he already knows and piece together a personal narrative.
Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby. Questionnaire
For more than two months, industrial designers Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby haven’t been in the same room. Still, from their respective London homes, they have batted around ideas on everything from bathroom design to lighting. We asked the duo to fill out a short questionnaire during their time apart. Turns out they’re still pretty much on the same page.