February 24, 2015

ar-CO achille castiglioni MODERN WHITE design MARBLE BASE FLOOR LAMP with Curved Overhead Lighting by fLOS (color: white)

Discover the Original Arc Floor Lamp
Castiglioni's Flos Arco from Stardust

Learn about the original Arc Floor Lamp that started it all.  From all the modern floor lamps we carry at Stardust, we have a very special affection for the Flos Arco Lamp, a Stardust Staff Pick and a highlight in our collection. Arco has won various design awards world-wide and graces the collections of numerous renowned museums. Its expressive shape makes it a true 20th-century design icon. The eternally elegant Arco lamp was designed by the exceptionally gifted Achille Castiglioni and Pier Giacomo Castiglioni for Flos in 1962. A thoughtful, original and ingenious modern floor lamp that effortlessly combines form with function . The Arco lamp is a superbly executed work of art which duals as a stylish modern floor lamp; it features our favorite material by far; Italian Carrara marble. Carrara is a town in the Italian Alps where the quarries are located which produce this fantastic marble. The marble (Michelangelo's favorite) from this area has been used in Italy since Roman times. Every time we see a Flos lamp in person, its quality and design features leave us astounded - a big word, but the only right word - to describe these fantastic modern lamps.

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An Italian Masterpiece: the Flos Arco Lamp provides a finishing touch in this old villa near Lucca in Italy.

The Arco lamp was designed by Achille Castiglioni and Pier Giacomo Castiglionii for Flos in 1962. The Arco lamp is a floor lamp which provides direct downward light and upward diffused light (through its circular cut outs in the top of the Arco shade) and satisfies the request of direct illumination without the need to fix it to the ceiling. Most rooms have the electrical output for a ceiling lamp right in the middle of the ceiling, but most dining tables are not placed in the middle of a room. Achille Castiglioni was unhappy because of the messy cable dangling from the output to the position where the pendant lamp is fixed to illuminate the table. For this reason he designed the Arco lamp, together with Pier Giacomo Castiglioni. A clean streamlined luminous sculpture that has taken the spotlight for the last 50 years. The Arco lamp has remained unchanged and the current production is exactly the same as the ones produced in 1962 with exception of the electrical system which was upgraded. The Arco lamps timeless elegance makes it look as modern now as when it was first produced in 1962. Possibly, hundreds of thousands of Arco floor lamps have been sold all over the world since 1962.

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Design Icons: The Flos Arco Lamp and Fritz Hansen Egg Chair look at their best at this wonderfully appointed modernist Tucson residence designed by Cincinnati-based John Senhauser Architects.

This modern design cult object was a collaboration between Achille and Pier Giacomo Castiglioni and the lighting company Flos from Italy. Achille Castiglioni himself once said that he found inspiration for the Arco lamp by looking at regular street lights in Italy during the early 1960's: perhaps because the shaft of the Arco lamp looks like the shaft of a traditional Italian street light of that period. The Arco lamp continues to be one of the most popular floor lamps ever made. It was by far one of the most popular creations from Achille Castiglioni and Pier Giacomo Castiglioni. This modern floor lamp can be found in the permanent design collection of the Museum of Modern Art, New York and received numerous awards.

The Arco lamp is the perfect centerpiece for any room with its gracious curves and timeless good design. If you are looking for that special modern lamp that will accent your modern furniture and home decor and is guaranteed to turn heads, the Flos Arco floor lamp what you are looking for. This lamp embodies functional modern elegance, but it also emits a sense of classical balance. The Arco lamp fulfills that essential criterion of good modern design which is that it is modern and functional.

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Flos Arco Lamp designed by Achille and Pier Giacomo Castiglioni in 1962.

The modern Flos lighting collection is the standard for architects and interior design professionals.

The contemporary design collection is the perfect match with our modern furniture collection. Need design ideas for your modern home? Look no further! Stardust Modern Design offers a wide array of modern lighting for the home including stunning chandeliers, modern floor lamps, stylish table lamps, contemporary ceiling lights and designer wall sconces. The Flos lighting collection is made in Italy including the popular Arco Lamp, Miss K, Archimoon, Taccia and Glow Ball. As a tangible proof of their timeless design and technical excellence, these exquisite Flos lamps continue to be produced today.

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The original Flos Arco Lamp design by Achille and Pier Giacomo Castiglioni from 1962.

2012 marked the 50th anniversary of the design of the Arco Lamp by the Italian designers Achille Castiglioni and Pier Giacomo Castiglioni. As a tribute to this classic icon of modern design we follow the Arco's production process all the way from the marble quarries in the town of Carrara Italy to the Flos workshops where masters artisans cut and polish the marble blocks to give the Arco base its iconic shape. Carrara, Italy's most noble material since ancient times, has been used since the time of Ancient Rome; the Pantheon and Trajan's Column in Rome are constructed of it. Many sculptures of the Renaissance were carved from Carrara marble and it was Michelangelo's favorite. Carrara marble was a natural choice for the Castiglioni brothers when they presented their Arco design to Flos in 1962. Not only for aesthetic reasons but also to give the Arco its perfect balance and stability. The 72.50 kilogram base (160 lbs) of the Arco Lamp makes it one of the heaviest floor lamps around. Achille Castiglioni and Pier Giacomo Castiglioni solved this by adding a little hole in the marble base which would allow it to be moved by two people with... a broomstick.

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The marble quarries near the city of Carrara in Tuscany Italy were the Arco's marble base is sourced from. Giant wire saws slice into the mountains to produce the gleaming white blocks.

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Next step is to extract the giant marble blocks from Carrara's quarry.
The marble is further cut into large rough monolithic blocks.

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Next step is to ship the giant blocks to nearby Marina di Carrara.
Marina di Carrara is a modern seaside resort where all the marble workshops are located.

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Expert artisans who work for Flos cut down the large blocks and create the legendary Arco marble base.
Much care and attention is given to the exact design specifications of Achille and Pier Giacomo Castiglioni

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Marble artisans provide the finishing polishing touches to the Arco's marble base
The Flos workshop also creates the Arco's lamp shade out of polished stainless steel.

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The finished product: the original magnificent Flos Arco Lamp!

If you've been looking for replacement parts of your original Arco from Flos which you've bought years ago at an Italian flea market or estate sale, we finally got some good news for you.  Flos Arco Lamp parts are finally available through Stardust, your #1 source for genuine Flos lamp parts made in Italy.  We often get requests from customers who have an original Flos Arco Lamp but who are missing parts or require a replacement part when an original Flos Arco part is damaged.  We are therefore pleased to offer these genuine Flos replacement lamp parts made by Flos in Italy. Please note that our brand new fully authorized Flos replacement lamp parts will only fit the authentic Flos product.  Using the correct parts will eliminate the need for future repairs caused by the improper parts. Make sure you have an original authentic Arco Lamp manufactured by Flos.   Beware that our genuine Flos lamp parts will not fit in any unauthorized reproductions.  Please note that price is for a replacement Flos Arco Base only; not for the complete Arco Lamp!