Reflector lamp


Taccia (1962), Achille & Pier Giacomo Castiglioni

Designed in 1962 by Achille and Pier Giacomo Castiglioni and manufactured by Flos, the famous Taccia lamp is the most iconic table lamp for indirect lighting. The Taccia consists of a a spun-aluminum reflector base and a blown glass diffuser. The light can be adjusted by positioning the diffuser as necessary.

In 1958, the Castiglioni brothers created a prototype with a white opaque plastic reflector and a support bowl, also made from transparent plastic. After a series of tests, they excluded the possibility of using plastic because the heat emitted by the concentrated light source deforms the supporting bowl. Together with manufacturer Flos, the brothers created a final version using a bowl in transparent glass, resistant to high temperature.

Castiglioni’s industrial background is evident in this design: the Taccia has illusion of an upside-down hanging factory lamp.

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