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.
Flos celebrates Achille Castiglioni in Amsterdam
On the official unveiling of its renewed Amsterdam showroom, Flos displays the latest novelties from its Home and Architectural Collections and celebrates Achille Castiglioni’s 100th birth anniversary with an inspiring lecture by his daughter Giovanna in the setting of a special exhibition of timeless lights designed by the Castiglioni brothers.
As founding and supporting member of the Achille Castiglioni Foundation, Flos invites Giovanna Castiglioni to retrace the inspiration and philosophy behind some of the most iconic lamps designed by the Castiglioni brothers for Flos, especially conveying Achille’s irony and genius, which originated many brilliant objects that are still recognized as design icons worldwide. Two wall displays will showcase a selection of historic lights, many of which are still in production and still the company’s bestsellers, such as Arco, Snoopy, Taccia, Toio, Lampadina, Gatto and two special anniversary re-editions, Ventosa and Nasa. The set up is enhanced by a precious life-size portrait of Achille, part of the photographic series realized by Luciano Soave for the poster of his solo exhibition in Vienna in 1984, capturing all the charisma, genius and brilliant intuition of this extraordinary figure.
For the occasion some of the latest Flos novelties are displayed in the showroom, among which the successful lighting system Arrangements by Michael Anastassiades with its geometric lighting elements combined in multiple compositions as jewel-like chandeliers and Overlap, the suspension lamp created by Michael following the Cocoon wrapping technique. Portable and wireless, the new table lamp Bellhop by Barber & Osgerby hosts a micro-USB connector on its base to recharge its battery for a lighting life up to 24hrs. The first project designed by Nendo for Flos is also displayed, Gaku, a wooden frame in black varnished or natural ash hosting a small suspended or wireless lamp rechargeable through induction plates, and various accessories like bowls, vases, a mirror and a bookend, hold in place on the frame by magnets. Finally, WireRing by Formafantasma a wall lamp consisting of a custom-made belt-like electric cable and a ring that contains a Led strip. Available in various colours and refined finishes, both elements can be freely combined, giving a unique touch to any environment.
Situated on a peninsula at the edge of the former dock area Oostelijk Havengebied, the Flos Showroom occupies one of the top floors of four buildings made of concrete, glass and steel that form a larger commercial complex with an awesome view over the water. The emerging Cruquiuskwartier is recently growing, attracting mainly companies in the creative sector. Flos has recently renewed the space and dedicated an entire area to the Flos Architectural Collection, showcasing the most innovative lighting systems on tracks and the highly technological devices for the remote control of LED spotlights.
Flos exhibits at Biennale Interieur 2018
Flos is proud to take part to the 26th edition of Biennale Interieur, the international design exhibition that takes place once every two years in Kortrijk, Belgium, celebrating this year its 50th anniversary since its first opening in 1968. Boasting more than twenty participations at the fair throughout its history, Flos presents once again a great selection of iconic lighting designs and systems, the latest novelties from its Home and Architectural Collections.
As founding and supporting member of the Achille Castiglioni Foundation, Flos is also happy to sponsor two inspiring lectures held by Giovanna Castiglioni at the Kortriijk Expo Forum, on the occasion of her father Achille’s 100th birth anniversary. Giovanna retraces the inspiration and philosophy behind some of the most iconic lamps designed by the Castiglioni brothers for Flos, especially conveying Achille’s irony and genius, which originated many brilliant objects that are still recognized as design icons worldwide.
The Flos stand features an essential space, defined by white walls and cube elements, where the new lighting designs take the stage. The successful lighting system Arrangements by Michael Anastassiades stands out at the entrance with its geometric lighting elements combined in multiple compositions as jewel-like chandeliers. Two interlocking rings form the original shape of Overlap, the suspension lamp created by Michael following the the Cocoon wrapping technique, which belongs to the Flos identity since its origins in the early Sixties. The colorful, pop style table lamp Bellhop by Barber & Osgerby is like a modern-day candle: portable and wireless, Bellhop hosts a micro-USB connector on its base to recharge its battery for a lighting life up to 24hrs. Nendo starts his collaboration with Flos designing Gaku, a wooden frame in black varnished or natural ash hosting a small suspended or wireless lamp rechargeable through induction plates, and various accessories like bowls, vases, a mirror and a bookend, hold in place on the frame by magnets. Italian artist duo Formafantasma, for the first time in a role of industrial designers for Flos, present WireRing, a wall lamp consisting of a custom-made belt-like electric cable and a ring that contains a Led strip. Available in various colours and refined finishes, both elements can be freely combined together, giving a unique touch to any environment.
Zero Track by Flos Architectural is highlighted among the Architectural novelties. A surface installed track with minimum physical size allows the insertion of accent or general lighting fixtures, like the innovative spotlight Atom, designed by Piero Lissoni.
Flos launches Arrangements in Asia and Australia
Following the successful European and U.S. launches, Flos and London-based, Cypriot-born designer Michael Anastassiades are thrilled to introduce the new spectacular collection of modular chandeliers Arrangements to the Asian and Australian markets. The promotional tour will cover five important towns, featuring site-specific lighting installations and inspiring design lectures and conversations with Michael. Starting October 15th at the brand new Flos Shanghai showroom, it will move to Hong Kong, in collaboration with Colourliving, at the beautiful B&B Italia space, then will continue in Melbourne and Sydney in partnership with Euroluce Australia, to be concluded in Tokyo at the Flos Japan space.
As Flos special ‘correspondent’, Michael will also delight Flos’ fans and followers on Facebook and Instagram with documentary visual stories from each of the visited towns across the two continents: places, people, details and purposes, as seen ‘Through the Eyes of Michael’, will be the contents of special Flos stories over a fortnight.
Midway between a light sculpture and an industrial design object, Arrangements is conceived as pure geometric lights that can be combined in elegant multiple compositions as single or connected jewel-like chandeliers, for an unprecedented modular system emitting diffuse light.
A special configurator called ‘Make your Arrangements’ is available on the web site flos.com. Researched and developed by Flos, it is characterized by a user-friendly language which allows users to compose and save their desired combinations in a very simple, intuitive way, starting from each single element, according to their needs or purely their liking.
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.
Jewels after Jewels after Jewels
Site-specific lighting installations by Michael Anastassiades
FLOS Shanghai – opening October 15th
COLOURLIVING, Hong Kong – opening October 16th
EUROLUCE Australia – Melbourne City – opening October 18th , Sydney City – opening October 19th
FLOS Japan, Tokyo – opening October 24th
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 turned 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