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1960s Achille Castiglioni 'Light Ball' Wall or Ceiling Lamp for Flos

$1,800per item

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1960s Achille Castiglioni 'Light Ball' wall or ceiling lamp for Flos. Designed in 1965, this rare and vintage brass variant comes with satin opaque glass. An incredibly refined and iconic midcentury design that is quintessentially Italian. Price is per lamp. 8 lamps available. Literature ref.: Casa Amica, 27 June 1972, p. 105 Octagon 30 September 1973, p. 149 Sergio Polano, Achille Castiglioni all the works, Electa, Milano, 2001, p. 224 Giuliana Gramigna, repertoire 1950-2000, Allemandi, Torino, 2003, p. 121 Not UL listed, but recommended UL listing possible from authorized 3rd party vendor upon request for an additional fee. Please note only one representative example appears in the photos. All lamps in comparable good condition.

Details

  • Creator
    Achille Castiglioni (Designer),Flos (Manufacturer)
  • Dimensions
    Height: 9.25 in. (23.5 cm)Diameter: 12.8 in. (32.52 cm)
  • Style
    Mid-Century Modern (Of the Period)
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
    circa 1965
  • Condition
    Rewired: Professionally rewired for US electrical single socket 60 watt max medium base bulb (higher with LED). Wear consistent with age and use.
  • Seller Location
    Glendale, CA
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU1447221727542

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  • Shipping
    $110 Standard Shipping
    to anywhere in the world, arrives in 3-5 weeks.
    We recommend this shipping type based on item size, type and fragility.
    Ships From: Glendale, CA
  • Return Policy

    A return for this item may be initiated within 1 day of delivery.

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About Flos (Manufacturer)

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.

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