Achille Castiglioni, Pier Giacomo Castiglioni. Arco Floor Lamp. 1962
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The Arco Floor Lamp solves a practical problem: the need for an overhead lamp that does not require drilling a hole in the ceiling. A street lamp inspired the Castiglioni brothers’ design, demonstrating Achille Castiglioni’s motto that “design demands observation.” By inserting a steel arch into a heavy marble pedestal, the designers created a lamp that is able to illuminate objects eight feet away from its base—far enough to light the middle of a dining table.

Gallery label from Shaping Modernity 1880–1980, March 28, 2012–September 8, 2013
Manufacturer
Flos S.p.A.
Medium
Marble and stainless steel
Dimensions
(maximum): 95 1/8 x 84 x 12 1/4" (241.6 x 213.4 x 31.1 cm) (minimum): 95 1/8 x 81 1/2 x 12 1/4" (241.6 x 207 x 31.1 cm)
Credit
Gift of the manufacturer
Object number
65.1990
Department
Architecture and Design