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Achille and Pier Giacomo Castiglioni 'Gatto' table lamp, Flos, Italy, 1960s

$4,471.17

About

An architectural 'Gatto' table lamp by Achille and Pier Giacomo Castiglioni for Flos, Italy. This lamp is made of a steel frame with a cocoon-like diffuser, in a shape that resembles a hot air balloon. It is an original 1960s edition and is labeled by Flos inside. The lamp provides a diffused light and holds two light bulbs which can be switched on or off separately. White powder coated internal steel structure sprayed with a unique cocoon resin to create the diffuser which is protected by a transparent sprayed-on finish.

Details

  • Creator
    Achille & Pier Giacomo Castiglioni (Designer),Flos (Manufacturer)
  • Dimensions
    Height: 22.05 in. (56 cm)Diameter: 13.78 in. (35 cm)
  • Style
    Mid-Century Modern (Of the Period)
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
    1960s
  • Condition
    Wiring checked by our in-house specialist and ready for immediate use.
  • Seller Location
    Maastricht, NL
  • Reference Number
    Seller: Lt.bb.Castiglione.m.1107a1stDibs: LU93041336158

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    Ships From: Maastricht, Netherlands
  • Return Policy

    A return for this item may be initiated within 7 days 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. 


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