Flos at NYCxDesign 2019
On the occasion of NYCxDesign 2019, Flos USA presents two site-specific installations, highlighting creativity from great design minds: Konstantin Grcic and Michael Anastassiades. NYCxDesign is New York City’s annual celebration of design, attracting hundreds of thousands of attendees and designers from across the globe.
Noctambule by Konstantin Grcic
Flos Soho Flagship, 152 Greene Street
May 20-25, Private opening May 18
Noctambule, a collection of blown glass lamps designed by world acclaimed German designer Konstantin Grcic, is now available to the public via usa.flos.com and Flos retail partners. For this launch, the beautiful lamps are showcased throughout the brand’s Soho flagship, where a central raised stage displays twelve possible configurations of floor and suspended elements in sophisticated clusters. Two extra large video screens show the inspirational series of photos by Santi Caleca, illustrating the ethereal collection in suggestive environments, as well as narrating its fascinating manufacturing through the traditional mouth blowing process.
Noctambule is a large-scale sculptural collection made of cylindrical see-through glass modules that can be interconnected to create floor and pendant lamps, enriched by a glass bowl or cone-shaped head. Modules can be joined together up to six elements to create an impressive lighting column. Almost invisible at daylight, its shape is outlined in the dark by the strip LED hosted at the modules’ base and connecting rings. Noctambule provides a diffused light giving a fascinating, magical atmosphere to any environment.
Arrangements by Michael Anastassiades
WantedDesign Manhattan, Terminal Stores, 269 11th Avenue
Michael Anastassiades has designed a unique installation of his Arrangements for Flos at the entrance of WantedDesign Manhattan, where the modular system of geometric light elements is combined to create interplays of light and space. Inspired by the parallel that exists between lighting and jewelry, each unit simply attaches onto the previous one, balancing perfectly as part of a glowing chain. This site-specific arrangement features a custom chandelier configuration of Broken Line elements and glowing, interwoven light chains with the Square and Tear Drop modules. The hanging sculptures illuminate a corridor immediately following the WantedDesign check-in desk, inviting visitors to walk amongst them and creating a gallery-like feel.
Arrangements has quickly become a playful icon of lighting artistry. Recent installations also include the 1stDibs Gallery on the 7th floor of Manhattan Terminal Stores (currently on display); Things That Go Together, the first survey exhibition of Michael Anastassiades at the Nicosia Municipal Arts Centre (exhibit open through July 20) and 10 Corso Como New York, as one of the retail concept’s first gallery partners for its September 2018 opening.
Flos illuminates ‘Echo’, an immersive work created by Pezo von Ellrichshausen
Flos is technical partner of MoscaPartners for lighting Echo, the work created by Pezo von Ellrichshausen studio that is the key feature of the collective exhibition The Litta Variations / Opus 5 during Milano Design Week. The installation is hosted in the Courtyard of Honour of Palazzo Litta, an historical mansion in the center of Milan.
Echo is a mysterious structure that merges interior with exterior. Man is the centre of this installation, simultaneously the subject and source of contemplation. The exterior of Echo, covered with a mirrored surface, reflects the baroque colonnade and the two upper orders that make up the courtyard of the building. In contrast, the interior reveals the sky, a natural element isolated from the surrounding city. The result of this exploration is the definition of architecture perceived as a shared and reflective experience, at the same time imposing itself on and immersing itself in the setting. The installation establishes a relationship between art and architecture amplifying the surrounding environment through a visual echo.
Thanks to the specific knowledge of Flos Bespoke in the production of custom solutions and to the innovative technology of the Home, Architectural e Outdoor collections, Flos has developed a warm, discreet lighting project that perfectly integrates with the architecture of the Courtyard of Honour and the marvellous porch, thus contributing to the poetic essentiality of the work.
Piero Gandini, Chairman of Design Holding and CEO of Flos, strongly believed in the project from the very beginning. He personally acquired the work by the Chilean architects, committing himself to giving them design continuity. For the first time, the installation at the Main Courtyard crosses the spatial boundaries of the Palazzo and the temporal boundaries of Milan Design Week. Echo was conceived as a permanent work, intended to last.
Pezo von Ellrichshausen studio was founded in 2002 by Mauricio Pezo and Sofia von Ellrichshausen in the city of Concepción, in southern Chile. The studio’s existential matrix of interventions is inextricably linked to where it is based and reveals a contemporary dialogue between nature and architecture. In 2008, Pezo and von Ellrichshausen oversaw the Chilean pavilion at the Architecture Biennale in Venezia and went on to take part again in 2010 and 2016. In addition, they have exhibited their projects at the Royal Academy of Arts in London and their work is part of the permanent collection at the Art Institute in Chicago and MoMA, the Museum of Modern Art in New York. Alongside their concept and design work, they have teaching commitments at universities across Chile and the United States, including Harvard and Cornell. Sofia von Ellrichshausen was also president of the jury at the last Architecture Biennale in Venezia.
THE LITTA VARIATIONS / OPUS 5
9 – 14 April 2019
from 10.00 to 20.00
Corso Magenta 24, Milan
Opening party: Tuesday 9 April 2019 from 19.00 to 23.00
WireLine by Formafantasma lights up miart 2019
Flos is technical sponsor at miart 2019 (5-7 April) with a site-specific lighting installation in the exhibition’s VIP Lounge and restaurant area. Entrusted for this edition to Formafantasma, the installation will focus on the new suspension lamp WireLine, an object that can be positioned half way between art and industrial design.
The Italian artist duo Andrea Trimarchi and Simone Farresin’s first collaboration as industrial designers started with Flos in 2017 with the launch of the sculptural lamp WireRing, which obtained a huge success of public and critic. Further elaborating on some of the design principles of their previous lamp, for WireLine Formafantasma is again using the power cable as one of the main design features. Flattened to resemble a belt made of rubber and hanging from the ceiling, the cable holds a ribbed glass extrusion containing an LED light source. The lamp plays on the contrast between the industrial feeling of the rubber and the sophistication of glass. It can be installed as a single piece or repeated to obtain elaborate visual compositions.
As part of the miartalks 2019, on Sunday 7th April at 12.00 pm, Formafantasma will take part to the panel discussion Design for the Common Good – We have arrived at a time when design is widely recognised as a valuable tool and process for improving systems across society, from government to business, healthcare to education. Do we design for the common good today? How may we think of design as a reason to shape a better future?
Flos invites to Salone del Mobile 2019.Milano
Flos will participate, together with B&B Italia and Louis Poulsen as Design Holding, to the forthcoming Salone del Mobile.Milano in a stand situated in the new S.Project pavillon.
Flos will present innovative designs and original lighting systems created by Michael Anastassiades, Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec, Antonio Citterio, Formafantasma, Piero Lissoni, Nendo, Philippe Starck and Patricia Urquiola, to enrich its Home, Architectural and Outdoor lighting catalogues. A special re-edition of the lamp Chiara by Mario Bellini on its 50th anniversary will also be launched, further to the first edition of the Bulbo lamp, designed in 1957 by Achille and Pier Giacomo Castiglioni.
Salone del Mobile. Milano – Rho Fiera – 9-14 April 2019
Hall 24 – C01 C21 E02 E20
9:30 am – 6:30 pm
The historic Flagship Store will be re-opened after big renovation and enlargements works, design by Calvi Brambilla. During Milan Design Week it will host the ironic installation ‘La Plus Belle est Philippe Starck’, also conceived by Calvi Brambilla, featuring Starck’s new beautiful lighting mirrors.
Corso Monforte 9
9, 10, 12, 13 April 10:00 am – 8:00 pm
11 April 10:00 am – 10.00 pm
14 April 10:00 am – 7:00 pm
The Showroom will be devoted to a site-specific installation for the launch of the extraordinary, ethereal collection of blown glass lamps Noctambule, design Konstantin Grcic.
Corso Monforte 15
9, 10, 12, 13 April 10:00 am – 8:00 pm
11 April 10:00 am – 5.00 pm
14 April 10:00 am – 7:00 pm
Flos is Main Sponsor of ‘Things That Go Together’
Flos is Main Sponsor of the first survey exhibition of Cypriot-born, London based designer Michael Anastassiades. Organized and presented by NiMAC (The Nicosia Municipal Arts Centre, Associated with the Pierides Foundation) and the Cultural Services of the Ministry of Education and Culture of Cyprus, the exhibition Things That Go Together reflects on the designer’s twelve-year practice to date; from his eponymous brand to his extensive studio collaborations with established manufacturers such as Flos. The show presents Anastassiades’ design process through his research, his personal collection of objects and finished works from the studio archive.
Michael Anastassiades founded his studio in London in 1994. He trained as a civil engineer at London’s Imperial College of Science Technology and Medicine before taking a masters degree in industrial design at the Royal College of Art. His work is featured in permanent collections at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Art Institute of Chicago, the Victoria & Albert Museum, London, the MAK in Vienna, the Crafts Council in London and the FRAC Centre in Orleans France. Recent solo exhibitions include ‘Reload the Current Page’, Point Centre for Contemporary Arts Nicosia, ‘Time And Again’ at the Geymüllerschl.ssel/MAK in Vienna, ‘Doings on Time and Light’, Rodeo Gallery, Istanbul, ‘To Be Perfectly Frank’ at Svenskt Tenn in Stockholm, ‘Kinetic Light 2 – Gold Pendulum’, Norfolk House music room at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London, Cyprus Presidency at the European Parliament in Brussels Belgium, ‘13 Mobiles’, Atelier Jesper Brussels. Notably, his work has been commissioned by the A.G. Leventis Gallery, Nicosia with site-specific installations at the Hagia Sophia cathedral in London.
Anastassiades is a Royal Designer for Industry (RDI) at the Royal Society of Arts. He is involved in educational programmes at international institutions such as Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts London and ECAL, Lausanne.
Michael’s first collaboration with Flos is dated back to 2013. The light objects he has designed for the Italian company since then, including String Lights, IC Lights, Copycat, Captain Flint, and the recent Overlap and Arrangements, have won top industry awards and been hugely successful with the international public. The poetic nature of his designs, combined with his skilful use of highly innovative lighting technology solutions, makes every work unique and surprisingly emotional.
All the products designed for Flos over the years are showcased in the exhibition, including an impressive installation of Arrangements. A special room reproducing 72 different miniature configurations of String Light is meant to show the versatility of this extraordinary design, which can be used freely and creatively in infinite ways.
NiMAC will be hosting a series of parallel events through the course of the exhibition, including guided tours, lectures, discussions, educational programmes, activities and workshops. In addition, a special publication will be launched in May 2019 by Apartamento Publishing S.L. Contributors will be Yiannis Toumazis, Director of Nicosia Municipal Arts Centre (NiMAC), Zoë Ryan, John H. Bryan Chair and Curator of Architecture and Design at the Art Institute of Chicago, Emily King, Design Writer and Curator, Elena Parpa, Writer, Researcher and Curator, Artist Mario García Torres, and the publication’s editor, Alessandro Rabottini, Curator and Artistic Director of Miart.
“Every time you start a new project you are faced with the anxiety of a blank page: that this time around you will learn from the time before and what you will draw, will most probably be better. It is obvious to think that practice and knowledge are part of an evolving process and that placing your work in a chronological sequence would reveal this process clearly. It is only when you place everything randomly that you understand that the creative act extends beyond evolution and that instinct and spontaneity can surpass knowledge.” Michael Anastassiades
THINGS THAT GO TOGETHER
NiMAC – Nicosia Municipal Arts Centre
8 March – 20 July 2019
Flos Exhibits at the Stockholm Furniture & Light Fair
Flos takes part to the 67th edition of the Stockholm Furniture and Light fair, presenting a stunning selection of lighting creations ready to hit the Scandinavian market. This year the Flos stand features pale coloured walls working as sophisticated backdrops to host the new products.
Visitors will first meet Gaku and Sawaru, the two novelties designed by Nendo, marking the debut of Oki Sato’s collaboration with Flos. Gaku, which means ‘frame’ in Japanese, is a versatile square element hosting and interacting with lamps and a variety of matching objects, including bowls, vases, a mirror and a bookend, as in a miniature room. It also features a very functional wireless inductive recharge. Sawaru is an essential yet sculptural light, consisting of two independent cylinders that touch each other in three possible angles, allowing to alter the light beam direction.
Continuing through the itinerary, guests will discover the two interlocking rings forming the original shape of Overlap, an impressive suspension lamp created by Michael Anastassiades following the cocoon wrapping technique, which belongs to the Flos identity since its origins in the early Sixties. Overlap reflects itself in the magnificent oval mirror designed by Philippe Starck, La Plus Belle, an elegant wall mirror providing intense, diffuse light thanks to a luminous Led strip.
Cylindrical, see-trough glass modules set the basic grammar of Noctambule, designed by Konstantin Grcic. A collection of gorgeous, transparent glass modules that can be fixed on top of each other to create floor lighting columns or suspended chandeliers, enriched by a glass dome or cone shaped head.
The latest introduction to the Flos Architectural collection is Zero Track: the minimum possible size of 15mm for a surface installed track, allowing the insertion of a variety of dimmable lighting fixtures, both for accent or diffuse lighting effect. On top of the reception desk, the unmissable Infra-Structure lighting system by Vincent Van Duysen is presented in a white, refined finish.
Stockholm Furniture & Light Fair
5-9 February 2019
Please meet FLOS at Hall AB, A10:20
Flos Norge is Project Supplier of the Year 2018 for Nordic Choice Hotels
Flos Norge has been awarded as ‘Project Supplier of the Year’ for Nordic Choice Hotels, one of the largest hotel groups in Scandinavia. The ceremony took place during the big Nordic Choice Winter Conference in Stockholm, attended by over 3.000 guests.
Criteria for nominations for the Supplier Awards included features such as delivery, quality of products and services, handling of complaints and aftermarket, sustainability and ownership of delivery. The winning team of Flos Norge, led by Thomas Peter Sommerlund Hansen, were thrilled to go on stage and receive the well-deserved prize, promoted by Nordic Property Management, for having fulfilled all desired qualities.
Flos Norge has been a stable and trustworthy partner to Nordic Choice, realizing stunning lighting projects for some of their luxury and design hotels, including the Clarion Hotel in Helsinki and the Nordic Light Hotel in Stockholm.
The Museum of Cycladic Art shines bright with Arrangements
Flos is partnering with the Museum of Cycladic Art in Athens for an exclusive installation of Arrangements, designed by Michael Anastassiades. Curated by Afroditi Gonou & Atalanti Martinou, with the support of premier design retailer and Flos’ local distributor Deloudis, the project fills the museum’s foyer and Cycladic Cafè with impressive compositions of geometric light sculptures. A much-awaited public lecture by Michael, on the subject of ‘Working with Light’, is also scheduled on Thursday 17th January at the Cycladic Auditorium.
The Cycladic Café Art Project is part of the museum’s Contemporary Art Programme, which brings together social gathering venues and art. With the ultimate aim of embracing the Greek and international contemporary art scene, the Museum presents works by internationally acclaimed and emerging artists, associated with its current exhibitions and activities, in the Cycladic Café. The Cycladic Café Art Project prompts the dialogue between art and everyday life.
Achille Castiglioni’s birth centenary celebrated by Flos Japan
Flos Japan hosted another successful special event celebrating Achille Castiglioni’s 100th birth anniversary. The site-specific exhibition was designed for the Tokyo showroom after Calvi Brambilla’s project for the Milan flagship store during Fuorisalone earlier this year, which had marked the start of Flos’ tributes and special initiatives in honour of the design Master.
The whole japanese space was overwhelmed by Achille’s real scale silhouettes in an ironic dialogue with some of the most iconic light objects created during the fortunate and prolific collaboration with his brother Pier Giacomo first, and then throughout his own career. The irresistible portraits belong to a precious photographic series realized by Luciano Soave in 1984 on the occasion of Achille’s solo exhibition in Vienna. An endless gallery of gestural expressions, grimaces and mime actor’s poses where all the charisma, genius and brilliant intuition of this extraordinary figure are unleashed.
The exhibition included a wide gallery of historic lights, many of which are still in production and still the company’s bestsellers, such as Arco, Snoopy, Taccia, Toio, Lampadina, Gatto, Taraxacum 88 and lots more. On display were also the two special anniversary re-editions of Nasa and Ventosa, as well as Toio Limited Edition Matt Black, released in a numbered series of 2.500 pieces just for the centenary.
Giovanna Castiglioni, daughter of Achille and VP of the Castiglioni Foundation, once again fascinated and entertained Flos’ guests with her passionate, intelligent and ironic storytelling about her father’s figure and design philosophy.
Flos illuminates The Apartment by Elle Decor Italia for Airbnb Plus
Thanks to the collaboration between Elle Decor Italia and Airbnb, a period home in Milan was transformed into The Apartment, a ‘temporary house’ that, for four days (30 November – 3 December), represented the values of the new category of Plus residence, launched by the well-known accommodations website. The interior design project, overseen by architects Frederik De Wachter and Alberto Artesani of DWA Design Studio, turned The Apartment into a container of unconventional emotions and experiences; a tailor-made project in which many important figures from the worlds of design, technology, and entertainment were involved.
As the exclusive partner for the home’s illumination, Flos carefully selected withall of the lighting fixtures used in order to ensure that the various spaces were both welcoming and unique, from the stairway to the library, dining room, living room, bedroom, bathroom, kitchen, and large terrace. The stratification of objects, typical of homes with a strong identity and personality, often occupied by multiple generations of the same family, was also seen in the choice of lamps: historic objects that defined Flos’ origins, like Luminator, Toio, Splügen Bräu, and Snoopy by Achille and Pier Giacomo Castiglioni, or Le Sfere by Gino Sarfatti, were in perfect dialogue with the latest decorative hi-tech products, like the String Lights by Michael Anastassiades or the Superloon futuristic white disc by Jasper Morrison; as well as the entirely new product designed by Japanese Oki Sato of Nendo, the meta-lamp Gaku, a decorative element that illuminates and decorates with its multiple accessories, used in various spaces in the home in its wired and wireless versions, like a frame that selects and accentuates the domestic landscapes.
Welcoming and cheerful, The Apartment was the setting for a series of meetings: conversations regarding interior design, style, hospitality, lighting, and entertainment. For the talk on the importance of light in interior design, Luca Meinardi, CEO of Light Contract (Flos Group) spoke with Elle Decor Italia and DWA Design Studio about the challenges and opportunities involved in creating an illumination project for a residential space, also mentioning the infinite solutions provided by Flos’ Home, Architectural, and Outdoor Collections which fully respond to the criteria of comfort, quality, design, uniqueness, and personality which every homeowner wants for his or her own living space.