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Flos participates in NYCxDESIGN 2018

The Italian lighting company hosts a tribute exhibition to the work of Achille Castiglioni in its Soho store, including two special re-editions of his archival designs.
Giovanna Castiglioni
Giovanna Castiglioni, Michael Anastassiades, Jack Shreur -CEO, Flos USA

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.