October 15, 2014


The Parentesi lamp was designed by Achille Castiglioni and Pio Manzoe for Flos in 1970. An adjustable spotlight moves up and down a cable that hangs from a hook in the ceiling and is kept in tension by a cast-iron counterweight which barely touches the floor. The core of this minimal fixture is the parenthesis that gives it its name, the shaped tubular support that holds the light source in place by mechanical friction with the tense cable. Parentesi is an ultra modern lamp and a classic in the history of modern lighting. Excellent for spot lighting in galleries or offices or even at home. The Parentesi lamp provides direct illumination wherever light is needed. A brilliant design which lights up any interior setting. The Parentesi lamp is part of the permanent modern design collection of the Museum of Modern Art, New York.