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The Light Suites Taccia

They are the Castiglioni Brothers, and this is an original recording from 1987 where Achille talks about Taccia

Designers Achille and Pier Giacomo Castiglioni
Art Director Enrico Magistro
Animation Alessandro Barzaghi
Audio Original Achille Castiglioni recording - 1987

Achille Castiglioni, 1987

« This is a very interesting lamp because of its history, and because some people today think that it is a post-modern object. This is  very funny. It was made in 1962 and my brother and I had not the slightest intention of making a post-modern lamp. »

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« It is quite interesting because with our insane minds, born of the rationalism from the North Italian school of Architecture, with people like Rogers and his friends, as well as the others, like Terragni and so on, we couldn’t have cared less about this way of thinking…« 

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« I have to say that this lamp was conceived the wrong way round, and this is something I enjoy saying… with transparent plastic material used to make the bowl.  When we had this nice unveiling and put the object there, the heated plastic material went flat, and so our design was completely wrong. So we made it from glass.« 

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« Yes, it was totally wrong because only when we tested the materials could we see that [editor’s note: the plastic] returned from the shape we had given it to its original shape, which was that of a flat sheet.« 

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« And you can see its base shaped like a column, made from extruded aluminium, which is designed to cool down this sort of stove. At the base of this object the heat is so great, so if you enlarge the surface you cool it, like the fins on a small motor.« 

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Thanks to the use of a cutting-edge LED light source, with very high efficiency and color rendering index, but reduced heat emission, Flos has finally been able to edit Taccia with a transparent plastic diffuser that is accurately faithful to the original concept, available alongside the existing Taccia LED, featuring the classic glass bowl.

Designers Achille and Pier Giacomo Castiglioni
Art Director Enrico Magistro
Animation Alessandro Barzaghi
Audio Original Achille Castiglioni recording - 1987