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Arco Lamp
About the Design

It was a humble street light that inspired Achille Castiglioni (1918–2002) and his brother Pier Giacomo Castiglioni (1913–68) to design their Arco lamp. The two men, along with their eldest brother, Livio, were the sons of prominent Milanese sculptor Giannino Castiglioni, and all became trained architects. Achille graduated from the acclaimed Polytechnic University of Milan in 1944 and joined Pier Giacomo and Livio in the design studio they'd opened with Luigi Caccia Dominioni. With large architectural assignments hard to come by, the Castiglionis focused on small-scale projects. At the core of their design philosophy was problem-solving, creating objects that fulfilled consumer needs. Their motto was: “Start from scratch, stick to common sense, know your goals and means.”

With functionality a primary concern, the Castiglionis produced pieces inspired by the “readymades” of artist Marcel Duchamp. The Arco lamp was born out of a desire to create a fixture that illuminated like pendant lighting but didn’t require drilling into the ceiling and that could be moved as its owner’s interior evolved.

The initial Arco lamp, designed in 1962, had a marble base (weighing 110 pounds), a chrome ball shade and a long curved steel arm that enabled light to be projected from nearly eight feet up, as if from a chandelier hung overhead. In another ingenious touch, the Castiglionis drilled a hole in the marble base through which a broomstick could be guided to serve as a handle so that two people could move it.

The same practicality is evident in the other famed lighting pieces — including the Snoopy and Taccia table lamps — that Achille and Pier Giacomo designed for FLOS. The brothers began their relationship with the Italian lighting company in 1960, and it continues to make their signature pieces today.

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"Arco" Floor Lamp by Achille & Pier Giacomo Castiglioni for Flos, circa 1960s
By Pier Giacomo Castiglioni, Achille & Pier Giacomo Castiglioni, Achille Castiglioni, Flos
Located in Los Angeles, CA
The lamp is characterized by a suspended spun aluminum pendant attached to an upright slab of Carrara marble with beveled corners via a large, arching arm made of stainless. The ic...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Floor Lamps

Materials

Carrara Marble, Steel

Achille & Piergiacomo Castiglioni for Flos "Arco" Floor Lamp, Italy, 1960s
By Pier Giacomo Castiglioni, Flos, Achille Castiglioni, Achille & Pier Giacomo Castiglioni
Located in Naples, IT
Iconic original arc adjustable lamp designed by the brothers Pier Giacomo and Achille Castiglioni for Flos in 1962. The lamp features a suspended pendant in spun aluminum attached to...
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Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Floor Lamps

Materials

Aluminum

Castiglioni Arco Modern Arch Stainless Steel & Marble Floor Lamp, FLOS, in stock
By Flos, Achille & Pier Giacomo Castiglioni
Located in New York, NY
FLOS Arco Floor Lamp by Achille & Pier Giacomo Castiglioni This lamp is ready for its close-up: Featured in Hollywood classics including diamonds are Forever and The Italian Job, th...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Floor Lamps

Materials

Marble, Aluminum, Stainless Steel

Castiglioni Arco Modern Arch Stainless Steel & Marble Floor Lamp, FLOS, in stock
By Achille & Pier Giacomo Castiglioni, Flos
Located in New York, NY
FLOS Arco LED Floor Lamp by Achille & Pier Giacomo Castiglioni This lamp is ready for its close-up: Featured in Hollywood classics including diamonds are Forever and The Italian Job...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Floor Lamps

Materials

Marble, Aluminum, Stainless Steel

Italian Arco Floor Lamp by Achille Castiglioni & Pier Giacomo for Flos, 1960s
By Achille & Pier Giacomo Castiglioni, Achille Castiglioni, Flos, Pier Giacomo Castiglioni
Located in Lasne, BE
Floor lamp in metal and marble adjustable. trace of wear (see photo)
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Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Floor Lamps

Materials

Carrara Marble, Metal

Arco Floor Lamp by Castiglioni Brothers, Italy, 1962
By Achille Castiglioni, Flos, Pier Giacomo Castiglioni
Located in Albano Laziale, Rome/Lazio
This is an original iconic Arco lamp. This particular one was produced in the 1970s this is in very good used condition. The Carrara marble slab also has character with a distinct gr...
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20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Floor Lamps

Materials

Carrara Marble, Aluminum

Pair of Italian Modern Arco Table Lamps, Achille Castiglione
By Achille & Pier Giacomo Castiglioni
Located in Hollywood, FL
The Carrara marble base with stainless and brushed chrome arm and movable polished chrome ball shade.  
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Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

Materials

Marble, Chrome

"Arco" Floor Lamp by Achille and Pier Giacomo Castiglioni
By Achille Castiglioni, Flos, Pier Giacomo Castiglioni
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Classic floor lamp with stainless steel stem and Carrara marble base.
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Italian Mid-Century Modern Floor Lamps

Materials

Carrara Marble, Aluminum, Stainless Steel

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