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FLOS Lighting

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.

Achille Castiglioni

Born in Milan (1918-2002), he started work as an architect and designer with his...

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Antonio Citterio

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Ronan + Erwan Bouroullec

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Jasper Morrison

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Jay Osgerby

Jay Osgerby was born in Oxford, U.K. in 1969. He studied at Ravensbourne College...

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Konstantin Grcic

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Marcel Wanders

Marcel Wanders grew up in Boxtel, the Netherlands, and graduated cum laude from the...

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Marcello Ziliani

Born 1963. Marcello Ziliani graduated in architecture from Politecnico of Milan. He is the...

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Glen Oliver Low

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Patricia Urquiola

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Philippe Starck

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Pier Giacomo Castiglioni

Born in Milan in 1913. Pier Giacomo Castiglioni graduated in architecture from the Polytechnic...

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Piero Lissoni

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Rodolfo Dordoni

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Ron Gilad

Ron Gilad was born in Tel Aviv in 1972. Gilad graduated with a degree...

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Toan Nguyen

Born in Paris, 1969. Toan Nguyen graduated with honors in Industrial Design at ENSCI-Les Ateliers,...

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Tobia Scarpa

Tobia Scarpa was born in Venice, Italy in 1935. He graduated from the Instituto...

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