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Design by Tobia Scarpa, 1968.
Made in Italy by FLOS.
A FLOS design classic, Biagio features a lamp body carved from a single block of Botticino marble. Cutting edge when it was first introduced in 1968, Biagio remains a unique form in its design space. An On/Off switch is located on the cord.
Material(s): Botticino marble
Dimensions: 13.6" H X 15.1" W X 5.1" Sq Base
Bulbs: 1 X 100W A19 incandescent lamp (not included)
Designer: Tobia Scarpa
Tobia Scarpa was born in Venice, Italy in 1935. He graduated from the Instituto Universitario di Architettura in Venice in the late 1950's, where he met his wife, Afra Blanchin. Together, they launched their career working for Venini glassworks. In 1960 they went on to open their own design office in Montebelluna. Continuing to collaborate with his wife for companies like FLOS and Knoll, the duo have developed a vocabulary for accessible luxury design based on expanding technology and a wide variety of materials.
Along with Pier Giacomo Castiglioni, Scarpa was commissioned to design the first models for the lighting company FLOS. His Papillion Lamp for Flos (1973) was one of the first designs to use the new halogen technology.View other products by Tobia Scarpa
FLOS was founded in 1962 are the Italian Lighting Specialists. The very same year FLOS began producing a number of lamps that were to become classics in Italian industrial design. These first lamps were Arco, Relemme, Toio and Taccia — all designed by Achille and Piergiacomo Castiglioni. As a tangible proof of FLOS Lighting's timeless design and technical excellence, these lamps continue to be produced today.
It all started with cocoon . . .
In 1959 Arturo Eisenkeil from Merano, an importer of cocoon — a spray-on plastic coating produced in the United States - was tracking down possible applications for this new material. He joined forces with Dino Gavina and Cesare Cassina and set up a company to produce lighting fixtures. This marked the beginning of the long-standing association in the area of design with the Castiglioni brothers and Tobia Scarpa. The first cocoon lamps ever created were the offspring of this collaboration: Viscontea, Taraxacum and Gatto by the Castiglioni brothers and Fantasma by Scarpa.
FLOS moved from Merano to the province of Brescia in 1964: At first to Nave and then to the current premises in Bovezzo. Sergio Gandini became chairman of FLOS in 1965. In 1974, the company became the owner of Arteluce — one of the key Italian companies in the industrial design sector. Gino Sarfatti, an industrialist and designer, is the founder of Arteluce. Several models designed by Sarfatti himself have been incorporated into the product range.
From the very outset, FLOS has been characterized by its high-quality approach to lamp design and production. Many of the numerous lamps designed for the company, first by Achille and Piergiacomo, are undoubtedly some of FLOS Lighting's best-known and most successful products of industrial design. They have won awards and historical critical accolades, and are included in all the most important collections and design museums around the world.View other products from Flos
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