was founded in 1962. The very same year they began producing a number
of lamps that were to become classics in Italian industrial design. These
first lamps were Arco, Relemme, Toio and Taccia — all designed by
Achille and Piergiacomo Castiglioni. As a tangible proof of their timeless
design and technical excellence, these lamps continue to be produced today.
It all started with cocoon...
In 1959 Arturo Eisenkeil from Merano, an importer of cocoon — a
spray-on plastic coating produced in the United States -, was tracking
down possible applications for this new material. He joined forces with
Dino Gavina and Cesare Cassina and set up a company to produce lighting
This marked the beginning of FLOS
Lighting's long-standing association in the area of design
with the Castiglioni brothers and Tobia Scarpa. The first cocoon lamps
ever created were the offspring of this collaboration: Viscontea, Taraxacum
and Gatto by the Castiglioni brothers and Fantasma by Scarpa.
FLOS moved from Merano to the
province of Brescia in 1964: At first to Nave and then to their current
premises in Bovezzo. Sergio Gandini became chairman of the company in
In 1974, FLOS Lighting
became the owner of Arteluce — one of the key Italian companies
in the industrial design sector. Gino Sarfatti, an industrialist and designer,
is the founder of Arteluce. Several models designed by Sarfatti himself
have been incorporated into their product range.
Quality is given
From the very outset, the distinguishing feature of FLOS
modern lighting has been the high quality approach to lamp
design and production. Many of the numerous lamps designed for FLOS,
first by Achille and Piergiacomo, are undoubtedly some of the best-known
and most successful products of industrial design. They have won awards
and historical-critical accolades, and are included in all the most important
collections and design museums around the world.
Some significant product examples over the last forty
years are: Parentesi (1970), Brera
(1992), Fucsia (1996) and the recent Diabolo
(1998). The revolutionary Parentesi by Achille
Castiglioni and Pio Manzù is a fine thread stretched between floor
and ceiling and was awarded the compasso d’Oro in 1979.
Over the years, prominent Italian and international names have designed
for FLOS and Arteluce. Marc
Newson created the Helice aluminum floor lamp (1992). Marc Sadler’s
Drop rubber wall lamp was awarded the Compasso d'Oro in 1994 — the
very same year also awarded to FLOS Lighting
for its activity as a company.
In 1988, FLOS
began producing Arà, the first Philippe
Starck lamp. This was the beginning of an important working relationship
that has lasted ever since. Arà was followed,
among others, by the small colored Miss Sissi (1991) in plastic that turned
out to be a cult object and an enormous commercial success. The following
years came Rosy Angelis (1994), the Romeo
Moon (1996) and Archimoon (1998) series.
In sync with time
FLOS Lighting maintains leadership
in innovation by discovering the most talented designers in the modern
lighting arena. They began producing Jasper Morrison’s Glo-ball
series in 1998, keynoted by a large opaline sphere that can be used with
various types of supports. FLOS
also produces May Day, a versatile, multi-purpose
floor or suspension lamp, which designed by Kostantin Gricic, another
also produces Antonio Citterio’s Lastra ceiling fixture. This lamp
combine advanced lighting technology, printed circuitry and single adjustable
task lighting with a traditional accent conjured up by the imposing crystal
sheet and lamp hanging over the dining table.
Please call 800-784-2384 for the entire Flos product line.