The Lampadina was designed by Achille Castiglioni as a gift for the inauguration of the Flos shop in Turin in 1971. It's a superb example of Castiglioni’s Ready-Made objects. With Lampadina, the lamp has been reduced to a base in the shape of a tape recording spool (or film reel) from which a simple socket housing in black or orange is affixed. The large clear glass globe bulb is partially sandblasted to diminish glare. The base is convenient for rolling up the excess wire of even hanging the lamp on a wall.
Lampadina is a contemporary design icon which is included in the MoMa's permanent design collection. It provides both direct and diffuse light and is a real eye-catcher in any room.
Italian designer Achille Castiglioni (1918-2002) was born in Milan. As early as 1940 he dedicated himself to testing industrial production with his brothers Livio (1911-1979) and Pier Giacomo (1913-1968). After graduating in architecture in 1944, he began a research into shapes, techniques and new materials, aimed at developing an integral design process. The design office he set up with his brothers would become one of the wittiest, elegant and innovative partnerships in modern design. Their dominant philosophy was that design must restructure an object's function, form and production process, and they applied this maximally to every work that they produced. Castiglioni described this process as followed: "Start from scratch. Stick to common sense. Know your goals and means."
In the 1950s the Castiglioni brothers publicly cemented their commitment to redesigning objects, these designs drew upon the "ready-made" school of art, in which everyday objects are repurposed for the showroom floor.
Castiglioni taught for many years, first at the Polytechnic of Turin, starting in 1969 and later leading a class in Industrial Design at the Architectural Polytechnic of Milan, to a group of several thousand students. He was also one of the founders of ADI (Association for Design Industry) in 1956.
MoMA in New York features 14 of his designs and other works can be found in prestigious museums all over the world. He exhibited his designs at every Milan Triennial from 1947 through the end of the century, and has received seven Compasso d'Oro awards.
Many objects designed by Achille Castiglioni have been produced by remarkable companies such as Flos, DePadova, etc. His professional activities spanned throughout the fields of Architecture and Urban Planning; he earned international recognitions for his projects applied to serial production in the fields of lighting fixtures and furniture as well as for his breathtaking installations realized around the world. Castiglioni's method, to have "a constant and consistent way of designing, not a style", led him to create products that helped restore Italy's quality of life in the post-war years and used the household object in innovative and whimsical way.
FLOS was founded by Dino Gavina and Cesare Cassina in 1962 in order to deliver contemporary lighting in accordance with their modern furniture designs. Their main guiding principles were "collaboration with the most inventive international designers and courage to be daring and provocative, yet uphold the fundamental principles of design". These guidelines are still relevant and can be traced in the entire Flos collection up until the company's latest designs.
From the very beginning FLOS has always been characterized by its high-quality approach towards design and but also towards production.
The result is a catalogue filled with iconic lighting objects that have changed the concept of illumination itself. Testament to this are the numerous awards, critical accolades and inclusions in all the major permanent collections and design museums around the world.
FLOS Lighting's production will continue to be imbued with various design trends that embody their attention to leading-edge research combined with highly-efficient production.
In 2012, FLOS celebrated half a century of excellence in production of designer lighting.
Anodized aluminum base serves to contain excess power cord, Bakelite lamp-holder, painted to match the switch in orange or black colour, clear globe lamp partially sandblasted to diffuse the light
Diameter 12,5cm, height 24cm
Cord length 230cm
1 x max 40W E27 (IAG incandescent)
Made in Italy
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