Flos is a creative partner of the Milan Triennale for the ‘A Castiglioni’ exhibition
Flos is Creative Partner of the Milan Triennale for the highly-anticipated monographic exhibition A Castiglioni, curated by Patricia Urquiola in collaboration with Federica Sala, on from October 6th, 2018 to January 20th, 2019 in the spaces of the Milanese cultural institution based in the Palazzo dell’Arte.
To celebrate the centenary of one of the most important Masters of Italian design, Flos, in collaboration with Studio Urquiola, has created an ironic and at the same time poetic site-specific installation entitled (traparentesi). A party of 100 Parentesi lamps which, like 100 candles, are activated by the presence of visitors, recreating the innate joy that Achille brought to every environment and transferred to every object. Lights and sounds, for a noisy, Jacques Tati-style Achille, always designing with the noise of the objects in mind. One can find the call of an owl, the noise of a switch being tuned on, the bounces of a ping-pong ball and many other entertaining sounds bringing a voice to the lighting effect produced by the 100 Parentesi lamps, some of which have been hacked and hybridised for the occasion with unusual and surprising heads and light sources.
The story of Flos is intertwined in an indissoluble way with the Castiglioni brothers who, together with Tobia Scarpa, have been the reference designers of the company since its foundation, in the early 1960s, with an unprecedented fermentation of revolutionary ideas and intuitions that would lead to the creation of objects destined to remain forever in the history of design. In addition to the extraordinary series of cocoon lamps, such as Taraxacum, Viscontea and Gatto, the working relationship between Achille and Pier Giacomo with Sergio Gandini resulted in some iconic products such as Arco, Taccia, Toio and Snoopy. The successful and prolific collaboration of the Castiglioni brothers then continued with just Achille after the untimely death of Pier Giacomo, resulting in a new series of successes, with highlights including Lampadina, Aoy, Gibigiana, and Parentesi, the brilliant height-adjustable lamp designed in 1971 from a Pio Manzù’s spark, winner of a Compasso d’Oro ADI award and exhibited in the permanent collections of the most important design museums in the world.
Within the twenty clusters of which the exhibition is composed, we find almost the entire production of lighting fixtures designed by the brothers or by Achille alone, many of which are still bestsellers in the Flos Home catalogue. Other legendary lights, including Teli, Relemme, Diabolo, Black & White, Sciuko, Padina, Giovi, Noce and Bibip, on the other hand, come from the Flos archives or the Castiglioni Foundation itself, together with a selection of original catalogues and documents and valuable period images. Also on display are Ventosa and Nasa, the two small, entertaining devices already recovered and reissued by Flos in a limited edition at the historic store on Corso Monforte 9 during the recent preparation of the Fuorisalone, again dedicated to the eccentric and ingenious Master.
Piero Gandini, CEO of Flos, recalled the salient features of the personality and design philosophy of Achille Castiglioni in a conversation with Patricia Urquiola for the exhibition catalogue, published by Electa, as follows: “One thing that Achille always passed on to me, even in the most advanced years of his career, was his positive energy. His gestures, his curious way of moving, his voice… For a while, I thought it was just his sense of humour. Then I realised that there was more to it. He wanted to change things every time. He had a subversive attitude to design and to society and things. He was a profoundly good and kind man, but at the same time he was extremely revolutionary. He was truly at the cutting edge. From Achille, I absorbed this legacy of innovation as a moral, almost political, obligation.”
FLOS at 10 Corso Como New York
FLOS is proud to announce a new retail partnership with 10 Corso Como, the prestigious, global concept shop that opened its doors in New York on September 7, 2018. The 28,000-square foot space, which is the first U.S. location for 10 Corso Como, features an expertly curated combination of luminescent fixtures for sale from FLOS and hosts a special, temporary installation of Michael Anastassiades’ Arrangements.
10 Corso Como is a pioneering concept store and unique retail destination with the radical experience of a “virtual 3D magazine.” Fusing culture and commerce in a single place, 10 Corso Como is centered around an experiential lifestyle. Founder Carla Sozzani opened the first 10 Corso Como in Milan in 1991, and has since expanded to major cities including Seoul, Shanghai, Beijing and now, New York.
A curated selection of FLOS Products, including Snoopy, Taccia, IC Lights, Extra T and Arrangements are available for purchase through 10 Corso Como New York, along with other designs from the Home Collection.
On display at 10 Corso Como New York is a temporary installation of FLOS & Michael Anastassiades’ Arrangements: a series of interwoven modules, resulting in three works of lighting art as hanging sculptures throughout the space, each as a commentary on the relationship between pendant lighting and pendant jewelry. A small column, large column and curtain of LED fixtures illuminates a corner of the store, adding to the dramatic, extraordinary interior.
Arrangements is 2018 Nominee of the London Design Museum’s Beazley Designs of the Year
Arrangements, the collection of modular chandeliers designed by Michael Anastassiades for FLOS, has been announced 2018 nominee in the Product category of the Beazley Designs of the Year, the London Design Museum‘s annual celebration of the most original and exciting products, concepts and designers in the world today.
Now in its eleventh year, the international awards and exhibition showcase design projects from the past 12 months, across six categories: Architecture, Digital, Fashion, Product, Graphics, and Transport. Design experts, practitioners and academics from across the world are asked by the Design Museum to suggest potential projects, from which the museum has selected 87 for nomination to display in the exhibition, opened from 12th September 2018 to 6th January 2019. A specially selected jury will choose a winner for each category and an overall winner – to be announced in November 2018.
Arrangements is displayed at the Design Museum in four individual configurations of one, two, three and four lighting modules, like jewellery chains, hinting at the endless possible creative combinations that this innovative, sophisticated and highly technological design project can offer.
Flos introduces New Lighting Designs at Atrium in London
Flos unveiled the brand’s latest designs at the Atrium showroom in Shoreditch, London, on 21st June. Set on the lower ground floor of the Atrium showroom, the Flos ranges were exquisitely displayed in an open space against the raw concrete walls, to truly appreciate the beautifully engineered Flos products.
New arrivals for each collection in Home, Architectural and Outdoor included iconic pieces by celebrated designers, such as Arrangements and Overlap by Michael Anastassiades, indoor and outdoor lamp Bellhop by Edward Barber & Jay Osgerby, WireRing by the Italian artist duo Formafantasma -for the first time in a new role of industrial designers.
Some stunning innovations in the professional systems were also showcased for the first time in the UK. These included Infra-Structure by Vincent Van Duysen, The Running Magnet, The Tracking Magnet and the all new Fast Track by Flos Architectural.
Atrium Managing Director, Ulysse Dormoy hosted an exclusive drinks reception with special guests, clients and press. During the evening, designer Michael Anastassiades personally shared insights into his new designs for the Italian lighting brand.
Flos supports Convivio
Once again, Flos is supporting Convivio, the most important Italian charity exhibition-market aimed at raising funds for ANLAIDS (the Italian National Association for the Fight Against AIDS). For its 14th edition, from 6 to 10 June, the event is moving to the heart of the city of Milan at The Mall Big Spaces, in the lively Porta Nuova district. A key event to continue to support research and raise public awareness of the increasingly worrying data concerning the spread of this disease.
Much more than just a charity event, Convivio represents a long journey of solidarity that started out in 1992 thanks to an idea from Gianni Versace, together with Gianfranco Ferré, Giorgio Armani and Valentino, always supported by Franca Sozzani and today by Emanuele Farneti with Vogue Italia. A full-immersion charitable shopping experience in which the most prestigious fashion, design, accessories, jewellery, perfume, tourism and high-end food and wine brands choose to join in by donating their products, which are then offered to the public at favourable prices.
For Convivio, Flos has chosen some iconic models from its Home Collection. From the legendary Gatto, Toio and Lampadina by Achille Castiglioni, to the recent Bon Jour Unplugged by Philippe Starck, a brilliant, eclectic table lamp with rechargeable battery, to the sophisticated Captain Flint marble and brass floor lamp by Michael Anastassiades. Also by Starck, selected exclusively for the Convivio public, the two extraordinary Bon Jour Versailles table models, the result of a collaboration between Flos, Starck and Baccarat: timeless lines that conjure up the memory of the past with a present and future twist.
6 to 10 June 2018 – THE MALL BIG SPACES
Piazza Lina Bo Bardi 1, Milano
Free entrance. 6 June, h. 17.00 – 22.00
7 to 10 June, h. 10.00 – 22.00
Flos participates in NYCxDESIGN 2018
Flos USA has successfully participated in NYCxDESIGN, held May 11–23 in New York. NYCxDESIGN is an annual celebration that attracts hundreds of thousands of attendees from across the globe and showcases more than a dozen design disciplines through events taking place across the five boroughs.
In its flagship store at 152 Greene Street in Manhattan’s Soho Design District, Flos has paid tribute to the eminent Italian designer Achille Castiglioni on the 100th anniversary of his birth with an exhibition of works from his prolific career. Conceived by Flos headquarters, the exhibition was born from concepts behind a similar exhibition designed by Calvi Brambilla for the Flos Milan store on view during Milan Design Week in April. Called “If you are not curious, forget it” – Achille Castiglioni, the exhibition highlighted a multitude of iconic light objects created by Achille with his brother Pier Giacomo, many of which are still in production and remain Flos’s bestsellers today, such as Arco, Snoopy, Taccia, Toio, Lampadina, Gatto, Taraxacum 88, and more. Also on display were two special re-editions of fixtures from the Flos archives designed by Castiglioni: Ventosa and Nasa. Unveiled during Milan Design Week, they have now debuted in North America too.
To celebrate the exhibition, a VIP cocktail reception was held on Saturday, May 19 at Flos Soho. In attendance was Achille’s daughter Giovanna Castiglioni, Vice President of the Achille Castiglioni Foundation, which is dedicated to cataloging and archiving his work.
Flos designs by Castiglioni were also specially featured in WantedDesign’s “Wanted Interiors”, a curated living space envisioned by interior design students from the Rochester Institute of Technology. Also as part of WantedDesign, Be Original Americas hosted “Keeper of the Flame,” a discussion between Giovanna Castiglioni and design journalist and critic Julie Lasky. Giovanna talked about her father’s gift for originality and Flos’ decades-long battle against plagiarism. The event took place on Saturday, May 19 at the WantedDesign Manhattan Conversation Lounge.
Arrangements is winner in the Lighting Category of the EDIDA Awards 2018
The Elle Decoration international network has chosen Flos as the 2018 winner in the Lighting Category of the prestigious EDIDA (ELLE Deco International Design Awards) for its collection Arrangements, designed by Michael Anastassiades. One more praise for Michael’s elegant creation, inspired by the parallel between lighting and jewellery.
The EDIDA recognizes global excellence in the interior design world in 13 categories. This unique international decoration event, which has been considered as the ‘Oscars’ for the world of design, takes place every year during the Salone del Mobile in Milan where the winners and their respective design houses formally receive the awards. This year, the awards ceremony was hosted at the Triennale Teatro dell’Arte on April 19th. Piero Gandini, CEO of Flos, proudly accompanied Michael on stage to pick up the award.
“If you are not curious, forget it.” Achille Castiglioni
The exhibition, designed by Calvi Brambilla, takes its title from one of Castiglioni’s most popular aphorisms, an emblematic expression of his curious nature and a sort of motto of his design philosophy. The wide storefront stages an ironic dialogue between the eccentric Master and some of the most iconic light objects created with his brother Pier Giacomo. In the endless gallery of gestural expressions, grimaces and mime actor’s poses, as portrayed in the photographic series realized by Luciano Soave for the poster of his solo exhibition in Vienna in 1984, all the charisma, genius and brilliant intuition of this extraordinary figure are unleashed.
Inside the store, a wall display showcases 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. Each of them has still today its own dash of provocation and wonder, with an equal dose of ironic levity, often summed up by the names he attributed to them.
Flos also unveils two special anniversary re-editions, Ventosa and Nasa. Little devices pulled out of the historical archive, apparently created for functional needs but charged with emotions, and capable of interpreting both the more and the less tangible qualities of light all at once: movement and pleasure.
A special reprint of the Sergio Polano monograph Achille Castiglioni. Tutte le opere, published by Electa, is also presented in the store with an exclusive Flos cover.
Flos introduces Arrangements at Milan Design Week 2018
“I have always been fascinated with the parallel that exists between Lighting and Jewelry. Starting from the simple fact of how each piece relates to the human scale: one is designed to be worn on the body whereas the other is made to decorate the space someone occupies. I’m challenged in how the delicate nature of something small can be translated spatially and still manage to retain its preciousness in the way materials are presented. It is no coincidence that the word ‘pendant’ has a double meaning. Existing both as a piece of jewelry that hangs from a chain worn round the neck, and a light designed to hang from the ceiling.” – Michael Anastassiades
Midway between a light sculpture and an industrial design object, Arrangements is a modular system of geometric LED elements that can be combined in multiple compositions as single or even connected chandeliers. The modules are easily fixed together electrically and mechanically, balancing perfectly on each other to create the dramatic effect of a big chain of light. Each combination can be changed any time, with a different order, type or quantity of elements, with no need of technical assistance.
The magnificent installation expands throughout the entire Flos showroom, while the long vitrine in the external atrium previews the concept of this extraordinary lighting project with a sophisticated display of miniaturized geometries, combined in the shape of a Flos logo.
Visitors will be able to discover in a very simple, intuitive way, through dedicated tablets, how to configure their own chandeliers in lots of original combinations, starting from each single element, according to their needs or purely their liking. The configurator is called ‘Make your Arrangements’ and is available on the web site flos.com. It is being launched during the Milan presentation, at the same time of the new product. Researched and developed by Flos, it is characterized by a user friendly language which allows users to compose and save their desired configuration of Arrangements.
In the showroom, tablets will also be available for the public to watch the short film Michael. Directed by Leone Balduzzi of C41, this is the second film produced by Flos for ‘The Light Minded’, a series of cutting edge video-stories on the creative minds that collaborate with Flos, which are published at regular frequency on the new web site flos.com. The film Michael, featuring the story of Michael Anastassiades, reveals with delicacy and poetic intimacy the life, vision and creative inspiration of one of the most talented designers of our time.
Michael Anastassiades has been working successfully with Flos since 2013. The light objects he has designed over the years, including String Lights, IC Lights, Copycat and Captain Flint, have won top industry awards and been hugely successful with the international public. The poetic nature of his designs, combined with his skillful use of highly innovative lighting technology solutions, makes every work unique and surprisingly emotional.
Flos is technical partner at miart 2018 with Michael Anastassiades
Flos is technical partner at miart 2018 (13-15 April) with a site-specific light installation in the restaurant area of the exhibition’s VIP Lounge. The product featured in the project is Arrangements, an outstanding lighting system created by Michael Anastassiades. Midway between a work of art and an industrial design object, it will be launched officially to the international public at the brand’s Milanese showroom during the forthcoming Design Week.
As part of the 2018 miartalks, on Sunday 15th April at 5.30 pm, Michael will also be a speaker of the panel discussion around the subject A Better Future: Imagination and Design. Much of modern life feels broken or in a state of flux. As an agent for positive change, the power and potential for design have never been greater. How can we effectively use design to help interrogate our current reality and imagine a better future?
Michael Anastassiades has been working successfully with Flos since 2013. The products he has designed over the years, including String Lights, IC Lights, Copycat and Captain Flint, have won top industry awards and been hugely successful with the international public. The poetic nature of his designs, combined with his skillful use of highly innovative lighting technology solutions, makes every work unique and surprisingly emotional.