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Arco, a design icon

Designed by Achille and Pier Giacomo Castiglioni in 1962. This ingenious floor lamp is one of the most imitated design icons ever, and there are several versions of how it came to be designed. It was an experiment that Flos embraced from the beginning, and the result is an enduring classic

Designers Achille and Pier Giacomo Castiglioni, 1962
Photography Courtesy of Fondazione Achille Castiglioni, Studio Casali, Piero Fasanotto, Gionata Xerra

This visionary synthesis of genius, simplicity and perfection, was simply in response to the need for a suspension lamp that could shine its light on a table without requiring holes to be drilled in the ceiling.

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The heavy marble base is in fact nothing more than a counterweight to support the big arched metal stem, which was inspired by street light design. And the hole at the base’s center of gravity wasn’t put there for decoration, but to make it easier to lift the base by pushing something like a broom handle through it.

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THIS INGENIOUS FLOOR LAMP IS ONE OF THE MOST IMITATED DESIGN ICONS EVER

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To mark the fiftieth birthday of the Arco floor lamp – which coincides with the company’s fiftieth anniversary – Flos has paid tribute to its best-known lamp, now an iconic design throughout the world, by releasing a new version with Led light source.

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Designers Achille and Pier Giacomo Castiglioni, 1962
Photography Courtesy of Fondazione Achille Castiglioni, Studio Casali, Piero Fasanotto, Gionata Xerra