The A-Z of Interior Design - A

I've decided to blog into the new year with my A-Z of interior design.  I hope you enjoy it!  Don't be shy to leave your comments below.

Arco floor lamp - one of the most popular floor lamps ever made.  The Arco was inspired by the street lamps in Italy at the time and combines the elements of a floor and a hanging lamp. 

1960s lighting design icon
Functional and elegant
Hand-sculpted square marble base block
Arched carbon steel shaft
Black or white marble
Timeless design
Designed in 1962 by Achille and Pier Giacomo Castiglioni
Manufactured by Flos
Copyright: Bright Space Design
Achille Castiglioni was born in Milan in 1918 and died in 2002.  He graduated in architecture in 1944 and became one of the most important industrial designers of the 20th century, producing more than 150 products during his career, including lighting products for Flos, furniture for Zanotta, and home products for Alessi.  He researched shapes, techniques and new materials with a view to developing an integral design process.  He was presented with the illustrious Compasso d'Oro award on an impressive nine occasions.

During his teaching years, Achille Castiglioni would enthusiastically show how simple objects could create intelligent, inspiring designed if they fulfilled their function with humour and vitality.  He would tell his students to: start from scratch, stick to common sense, and know your goals and means (resources like technology or materials available to develop and produce your product). MoMA’s permanent collection in New York hosts no less than fourteen of his works one of which is the Arco lamp.

1 comment:

  1. Maggi Pearce21.1.14

    I love the way the Arco lamp makes those pretty lit shapes on the ceiling and this is a beautiful looking room too.