Parentesi Ceiling To Floor Lamp MFR ID: FU540030
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Parentesi Ceiling To Floor Lamp

By Achille Castiglioni, for Flos Lighting

Parentesi Ceiling To Floor Lamp

By Achille Castiglioni, For Flos Lighting

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MFR ID: FU540030 | ITEM #: FLO23207

Parentesi Ceiling To Floor Lamp

MFR ID: FU540030

Item #: FLO23207

Designed by Achille CastiglioniRead Bio

Originally designed in 1971 by Achille Castiglioni and Pio Manzu, the Parentesi Ceiling to Floor Lamp features a bulb suspended by a steel cable that runs from the floor to the ceiling. The bulb is held in place by a tubular bracket resembling a parentheses symbol, for which the piece is named. The bracket bends the cable to create tension that holds the lamp in place at any height, which can be easily adjusted by sliding the tube along the cable. The lamp holder can be swiveled to provide direct lighting in any direction, making this simple yet ingenious design highly versatile. The piece is anchored by a weighted base and an included hook and canopy. Plugs into wall. On/off switch on socket. Made in Italy.

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Finish: Black, Nickel, Red, White


    • Finish: Black
    • Size: 4.3"W x 157.4"H
    • Materials: Metal  
    • Lamp Source: Incandescent
    • Bulb:
      1 x BR40/Medium (E26)/120W/120V Incandescent
      Bulb not included
    • Total Wattage: 120 watts
    • Other Bulb Options:
      • Country of Origin: Italy
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    Achille Castiglioni

    About Achille Castiglioni

    The life and career of Achille Castiglioni, bears witness to the preeminence of Italian postwar design and its relationships with architecture on one hand and industry on the other. Like many of his compatriots, it is via architecture that Achille Castiglioni came to design and it is through direct relations with industry that he was able to realize his daily-use objects that have accompanied the modern way of life.

    Born February 16, 1918, Achille Castiglioni graduated from Milan Polytechnic in 1944 and joined the architecture firm that his brothers Livio and Pier Giacomo created in 1938. Beginning in 1952, he worked with Pier Giacomo until his death in 1968. But in 1940, when design was introduced at the Milan Trienniale, the Castiglionis created a sensation with a radio set called the Phonola, and their participation in these new forms would be an institution from that point forward.

    However, it was Castiglioni's light fixture designs are what truly established his career:

    Arco (1962), which, thanks to a block-marble counterweight, suspends a sphere of metal above a table, allowing the traditional ceiling light to be forgotten; the spotlight at the end of a tube on a simple stand. 

    Luminator, (1955); the suspension of a globe over a circle of opaline

    Snoopy Lamp, (1967) was a table lamp, indeed inspired by the cartoon character, also had a marble base, which stabilized the egg-shaped metal and glass shade.

    The Castiglioni's analyzed the roles and decided, with a touch of mockery, to present them in a new way.

    The opposite of the desire to establish his signature, the creative path of Achille Castiglioni is to consider the object as a field of exploration and to invent a new way to activate its elements. The style exists, but it is neither intentional nor ostentatious — it is a result.

    During his long career, Castiglioni he has been a professor of interior and industrial design at both the Politecnico di Torino and Politecnio di Milano. His designs are in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art (14 objects) and other museums worldwide. Achille Castiglioni is one of the most important and complex figures in Italian design of the 20th century, and the influence of his legacy will continue.

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    FLOS was founded in 1962. The very same year Flos lighting began producing a number of lamps that were to become classics in Italian industrial design. From the very outset, Flos has been distinguished by its high quality approach to lamp design and production. Many of the numerous lamps designed for Flos are undoubtedly some of the 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.Some significant product examples over the last forty years are: Parentesi (1970), Brera (1992), Fucsia (1996), Rosy Angelis (1994), the Romeo Moon (1996), Archimoon (1998) series and the recent Diabolo (1998). Throughout the nineties the work of Achille Castiglioni and Philippe Starck has been flanked by a series of products from new and other designers. This reflects a desire to keep the attitude to discover the most talented designers to maintain Flos leadership in innovation.

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