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Imaginative lighting is a longtime hallmark of modern Italian design. Following in the footsteps of innovative companies such as Artemide and Arteluce, the company FLOS brought a fresh aesthetic philosophy to the Italian lighting field in the 1960s, one that would produce several of the iconic floor, table and pendant lamp designs of the era.

FLOS — Latin for “flower” — was founded in the northern town of Merano in 1962 by Cesare Cassina (of the famed Cassina furniture-making family) and Dino Gavina, a highly cultured businessman who believed that artistic ideas espoused in postwar Italy could inform commercial design. The two enlisted brothers Achille and Pier Giacomo Castiglioni as their first designers. Even before FLOS was formally incorporated, the Castiglionis gave the firm one of its enduring successes with the Taraxacum pendant and associated designs made by spraying an elastic polymer on a metal armature. (George Nelson had pioneered the technique in the United States in the early 1950s.) For other designs, the brothers found inspiration in everyday objects. Suggestive of streetlights, their Arco floor lamp, with its chrome boom and ball-shaped shade sweeping out from a marble block base, has become a staple of modernist decors. Designing for FLOS since 1966, Tobia Scarpa has also been inspired by the commonplace. His folded-metal Foglio sconces resemble a shirt cuff; his carved marble Biagio table lamp looks like a jai alai basket.

In 1973, FLOS purchased Arteluce, the company founded in 1939 by Gino Sarfatti, and it continues to produce his designs. In recent decades, FLOS has contracted work from several noted designers, including Marcel Wanders and Jasper Morrison. As instantly recognizable as they are, many FLOS designs remain accessible. While FLOS lighting is the essence of modernity, its sleek, subtle designs can be used to strike a sculptural note in even traditional spaces. 

Browse a broad range of FLOS lighting fixtures at 1stDibs.

Average Sold Price
$1,474
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Tobia Scarpa for FLOS ‘Tamburo’ Pair of Wall Lights in Green Aluminum and Glass
By Afra & Tobia Scarpa, Flos
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Tobia Scarpa for FLOS, 'Tamburo' wall lamps, green colored aluminum, opaline glass, Italy, 1973 Originally designed as floor lamps for outdoors use, these ‘Tamburo’ lamp have been...
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1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Flos

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Aluminum

Vintage "Riplisse" Flush Mount / Sconce by Flos, 8 Available
By Achille & Pier Giacomo Castiglioni, Flos
Located in Palm Springs, CA
Vintage "Riplisse" Italian flush mount or wall light with frosted opaline white Murano glass diffuser mounted painted white metal frame, designed by Achille & Pier Giacomo Castiglion...
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Late 20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Flos

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Metal

"Taraxacum" Pendant by Achille & Giacomo Castiglioni for Flos
By Achille & Pier Giacomo Castiglioni, Flos
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Original "Taraxacum" pendant by Achille & Giacomo Castiglioni for Flos. Designed and manufactured in Italy, circa the 1960s. Rewired for U.S. standards. Original canopy with added cu...
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1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Flos

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Iron

Taccia Table Lamp Designed by Achille Castiglioni for Flos
By Flos, Achille & Pier Giacomo Castiglioni
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Taccia lamp by Pier Giacomo and Achille Castiglioni for Flos Italy. The lamp is in exceptional original condition. The blown glass shade can pivot upon the metal base fixture to crea...
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Mid-20th Century European Mid-Century Modern Flos

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Chrome

Pair of Castiglioni Midcentury Blue Metal Light Ball Sconce for Flos Italy 1960s
By Achille & Pier Giacomo Castiglioni, Flos
Located in Roma, IT
Incredible pair of mid-century "Light Ball" wall lights in blue lacquered metal and opal glass for Flos. This fantastic object was designed by Achille Castiglioni and produced in Ita...
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1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Flos

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Metal

Achille Castiglioni Glass Flush Mounts Velella Lamps, Italy, 1960
By Achille Castiglioni, Flos
Located in Vienna, AT
Two Velella opal flush mounts by Flos, Italy 1960 -sold individually Set of 2 Achille Castiglioni flush mounts lamps, Italy, 1960. Sold individually. Wonderful lights by Flos made f...
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1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Flos

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Chrome

Achille Castiglioni & Pier Giacomo Castiglioni, Toio, Floor Lamp, Flos, 1960s
By Pier Giacomo Castiglioni, Flos, Achille Castiglioni, Achille & Pier Giacomo Castiglioni
Located in Paris, FR
Achille Castiglioni (1918-2002) & Pier Giacomo Castiglioni (1913-1968) Toio A lacquered metal floor lamp. The half spherical bulb vertically supported with an hexagon shaped...
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1960s Italian Modern Vintage Flos

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Metal

Gino Sarfatti Model #548 Table Lamp in Orange and Burnished Brass
By Gino Sarfatti, Flos, Astep
Located in Glendale, CA
Gino Sarfatti model #548 table lamp in orange. Designed in 1951, this is an authorized 2017 Astep/Flos re-edition by Alessandro Sarfatti, grandson of Gino Sarfatti, who applies his g...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Mid-Century Modern Flos

Materials

Aluminum, Brass

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Flos furniture for sale on 1stDibs

Flos furniture is available for sale on 1stDibs. These distinctive objects are frequently made of metal and designed with extraordinary care. There are many options to choose from in our collection of Flos furniture, although black editions of this piece are particularly popular. 125 vintage editions of these items are in stock, while there are 689 modern editions to choose from as well. Many of Flos' original furniture was created in modern style in Europe during the 21st century and contemporary. If you are looking for additional options, many customers also consider furniture from Vistosi, Leucos Design Lab and Slamp. Flos furniture prices can vary depending on size, time period and other attributes. The price for these items starts at $165 and tops out at $15,995, while pieces like these can sell for $1,980 on average.

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