October 7, 2014

265 Wall Lamp from Flos & FLOS 265 Lamp

I don't know; I don't think so... These are the exact words I uttered when I was asked a while ago by an intern if I could think of any better designed swing-arm wall lamp. Well, you have Jean Prouvé's Potence lamp which has that definite 1950s industrial French vibe. But if you like a clean lined Italian modernist swing-arm lamp, the Model 265 wall lamp seriously swings, for a lack of a better word.

The minimalist Model 265 wall lamp was designed by Paolo Rizzatto for Flos Italy in 1973.  This lamp is part of the Stardust Modern Design Icon Collection while it awaits permanent inclusion in the MoMA design collection. Designed early in his career, Model 265, a swiveling swing-arm wall-mounted light is considered one of Paolo Rizzatto's purist masterpieces. In particular, it is its sparing use of materials and austere design that make the lamp so fascinating. Paolo Rizzatto's Model 265 lamp shows how far it is possible to push the mantra of simplicity and purity, and still achieve a result that is aesthetically pleasing.  The triple "Compasso d'oro" award-winning Italian designer Paolo Rizzatto was actually trained as an architect at the Politecnico di Milano, one of the world's leading universities for architects and designers.  And his background in architecture is obvious when you observe the clean-cut lines of the Model 265 lamp; from the diffuser to the shade...it's all in the details baby!
Stardust Modern Design now has Model 265 in three finishes (see below).

The 265 lamp by Paolo Rizzatto provides a unique solution for suspended lighting with its ingenious design that combines form with function. Combining the best of industrial engineering and sculptural grace, the pared-down Paolo Rizzatto Model 265 lamp is a design icon unlike any other. Consisting of a single metal rod that extends almost 7 feet from a wall-mounted vertical bracket, there is no base to occupy precious floor space. You can position the light where you need it thanks to its pivoting system located in the wall bracket.  A simple yet practical on/off switch is located within easy reach on the diffuser.  The Flos 265 lamp is a practical solution for living rooms, bedrooms, alcoves or office spaces where lighting is needed.

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 Model 265 is minimalist with clean lines but impressively versatile and elegant at the same time. The lamp provides direct lighting from a counterbalanced steel stem braced to the wall by a steel bracket. Model 265 is extremely adjustable from the head, arm and bracket. Its 79 inches long electrical cord has a wall plug so plug it in any wall outlet and you are ready to go. Since the Model 265 lamp uses an incandescent light source; you can even dim it with an external wall dimmer (for example with a Lutron incandescent wall dimmer). The 265 lamp is a favorite of designers and architects and a Stardust Staff Pick. And for good reason: it's a beautiful design icon that never goes out of style.  Put Model 265 on your wall and twenty years from now you will still be madly in love with it.  And that is what good design is all about!

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