Tatou is a table lamp with Japanese roots, inspired by classic antique Japanese armours, which was launched to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Flos.
Urquiola named it Tatou, the French word for armadillo, the mammal famous for its structure made up of plates of bone covered with a protective layer of horn. It reflects the lamp's texture but also has an emotional sound to it.
The "shell" filters and protects the eyes from the glare of direct lighting and produces a harmonious play of light and shadow through the perforated sections. In this context, the shadow plays as important a role as the light. The colour too acts in a decisive way for the final lighting effect. Patricia Urquiola and Flos' decision to produce Tatou in three colour versions is not only an aesthetic one, but has the precise intention of obtaining different lighting moods.
Patricia Urquiola was born in Oviedo, Spain and now lives and works in Milan.
She attended the faculty of architecture of the Madrid Polytechnic and the Milan, Polytechnic graduating with Achille Castiglioni. She collaborated with Achille Castiglioni, Vico Magistretti and Piero Lissoni before opening her own studio in Milan in 2001 working on product design, architecture, interiors, installations and concept creation. She has been selected and has won various prizes among others the International Design Yearbook, IMM Cologne, Good Design Awards of the Chicago Athenaeum, Red Dot Award, Elle Decoration International Awards. She has been nominated designer of the year for Elle Decoration International Design Awards, Wallpaper magazine, AD Spain, Maison & Object Paris, A&W Germany, Interior Design Hall of Fame. She has received from the Spanish Government and the King of Spain the Gold Medal of Fine Arts and the Cross of the Order of Isabella the Catholic. Her products are present in the permanent collection of various museums among others MoMA NY and Triennale Milano.
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.
Support and base in lacquered steel, exterior diffuser in polycarbonate, internal diffuser in injection printed opal polycarbonate
Diameter 28cm, height 50cm
Cord length 150cm
1 x 60W G9 (ES halogen)
Made in Italy
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