A table lamp conceived by Achille Castiglioni for the opening of the Flos showroom in Turin in 1972, Lampadina reflects its name in its genial terseness. A large bulb lamp, partially satin finished to limit its reverberation, housed on a bulb holder with built-in switch and supported on a reel-like aluminium base, useful for rolling up excess cable.
For fifty years Flos has been crafting objects of light and shedding brightness on generations of dreams.
Light is the substance for expressing new ideas and illuminating unexplored emotions. they write the future, reading their past and expressing the present, in a continuity of positive challenges and bold choices that have shaped their image and identity.
Trusting their intuition has always allowed them to create products that become icons, establishing new typologies and innovative archetypes. Connecting with masters of design. Discovering new talents. Commanding high technical and technological status. Staying tuned into mass culture. These qualities always place Flos at the cutting edge.
Experimentation opens the way for Flos to use revolutionary materials - as in the past with Cocoon - and hi-tech solutions, today represented by OLEDs and eco-sustainable materials.
By conceiving new languages around light, they chart new aesthetics and freedoms for living. Their lamps, of yesterday and today, never fail to be serious about their sense of play and irony.
On the fine line that divides and unites art and design, craftsmanship and industry, the limited edition and larger scale manufacturing, an individual’s idea and the collective imagination. That’s Flos' place. That’s where you’ll find them.
Achille Castiglioni was born on 16 February 1918 in Milan, in Lombardy in northern Italy. He was the third son of the sculptor Giannino Castiglioni and his wife Livia Bolla. His elder brothers Livio and Pier Giacomo were both architects.
Castiglioni studied classics at the Liceo classico Giuseppe Parini (it) in Milan, but switched to study the arts at the Liceo artistico di Brera. In 1937 he enrolled in the faculty of architecture of the Politecnico di Milano. When the Second World War broke out, he became an officer in the artillery, and was stationed on the Greek front and later in Sicily. He returned to Milan before the Allied Invasion of 1943. In March 1944 he graduated from the Politecnico.
When the War was over, Castiglioni joined the architectural design practice that his brothers Livio and Pier Giacomo had started with Luigi Caccia Dominioni in 1938. Much of their work was in exhibition design, but they also carried out a number of architectural projects, including the reconstruction in 1952–53 of the Palazzo della Permanente (it), which had been destroyed by bombing in 1943.
Livio Castiglioni left the practice in 1952. From then until Pier Giacomo died in 1968, he and Achille worked as a team; their designs are not attributable to either one of them. After the death of Pier Giacomo, Castiglioni worked alone. From 1969 he taught architectural and design subjects, first at the Politecnico di Torino, and then, from 1980 when he became an ordinario or full professor, at the Politecnico di Milano.
Achille Castiglioni died on 2 December 2002 in Milan.
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