The Arco lamp was designed for Flos by Achille Castiglioni in Italy in 1962. A modern day wonder of design and engineering, this arc-shaped floor lamp stunned the world when it was first introduced. In Milan, passers by would stop and stare in amazement through the shop windows of La Rinascente at the Arco in all its brilliance. The groundbreaking design of the Flos Arco Lamp was unlike any other of its time. It’s no surprise that it quickly became an icon of timeless modern interior design.
The Arco lamp seamlessly blends function and elegance, and is a testament to Castiglioni’s brilliant sense of form. With a base hewn from Italian Carrara marble (a town in the Italian Alps, the same used by the great Renaissance sculptor Michelangelo) and a long, elegantly curving steel neck, the Arco Lamp is as much a work of art as it is an interior fixture.
The Arco lamp uses the principle of a heavy base to support its long, thin neck, which allows a light to be cast 2 meters from the base–allowing a chair or table to fit effortlessly under its warm glow. Castiglioni said that the design was inspired the Italian streetlamps of the 1960′s. The arm of the lamp is even adjustable, with three length settings that put the control of the light it casts in your hands. It requires a ceiling height of at least 2.5 meters, or a little over eight feet. You can purchase your own fabulous replica of the Arco at Manhattan Home Design, or witness its majesty for yourself in our Manhattan showroom:
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Manhattan, NY 10018