FlosArco (1962), Achille Castiglioni
Designed by Achille Castiglioni in 1962, the much imitated Arco floor lamp is inspired by streetlights and is considered a true icon of design. Providing direct and indirect light, the Arco extends to almost 7-feet, allowing placement of a table or a couch underneath.
Castiglione wanted to create a floor lamp that shines light onto a table, without having to walk around it. To leave enough space around the table, the base had to be at least two meters away. Castiglione had to tackle the problem of a counterweight to support the construction. He chose marble because the same weight took up less space than for example concrete, also giving it a better finish for a lower cost. In Arco nothing is decorative: the hole is there to make it easier to lift the base and the corners are bevelled for safety purposes.
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