Originally designed by Achille & Pier Giacomo Castiglioni in 1962 for FLOS but now updated for the modern world using the latest LED technology!
The advantage of the LED version over the standard version is the benefit of long operating life and reduced energy consumption. The LED is arguably more attractive to look up inside the head which is covered by a diffuser on the LED version and open on the standard version.
Please call us before you place your Arco order. Due to the very heavy weight of the marble base we can only deliver to certain areas.
Arco designed by Achille and Pier Giacomo Castiglioni in 1962 was one of their first pieces for Flos and arguably the most iconic. Designed around the concept of streetlighting, the Arco was intended for use over a dining table where a pendant light could not be used. The Carrara marble base features a hole originally intentioned for a broom handle to make moving it around easy. More recently, the Arco has been updated to include the latest LED technology.
"We were thinking about a lamp that shines light onto a table. They already existed, but you had to walk round them. To leave enough space around the table, the base had to be at least two meters away. Which was how the idea for Arco came into being. We wanted to make it with commercially available parts and we found that curved steel angle iron worked perfectly well. Then there was the problem of the counterweight: a heavy weight was needed to support it all. Our first thought was concrete, but then we chose marble because the same weight took up less space, and also because we could obtain a better finish for a lower cost. In Arco nothing is decorative: even the beveled corners on the base have a function, which is not to hurt us; even the hole isn't a flight of fantasy, but to make it easier to lift the base."
Floor lamp providing direct light. White Carrara marble base. Satin-finish stainless steel telescopic stem. Pressed, polished and zapon-varnished aluminum swiveling and height-adjustable reflector.
1 MULTICHIP LED - 2700K warm white - 1150 lumen output - CRI93 - 18
In-line dimmer switch.
ABOUT FLOS - For fifty years we have been crafting objects of light and shedding brightness on generations of dreams. For us, light is the substance for expressing new ideas and illuminating unexplored emotions. We write the future, reading our past and expressing the present, in a continuity of positive challenges and bold choices that have shaped our image and identity. Our history has taught us to fan the flames of provocation with research into new poetic notions of functionality. Trusting our intuition has always allowed us to create products that become icons, establishing new typologies and innovative archetypes. Connecting with masters of design. Discovering new talents. Commanding high technical and technological status. Staying tuned into mass culture. These qualities always place us at the cutting edge. Experimentation opens the way for us to use revolutionary materials - as in the past with Cocoon - and hi-tech solutions, today represented by OLEDs and eco-sustainable materials. By conceiving new languages around light, we chart new aesthetics and freedoms for living. Our lamps, of yesterday and today, never fail to be serious about their sense of play and irony. On the fine line that divides and unites art and design, craftsmanship and industry, the limited edition and larger scale manufacturing, an individual's idea and the collective imagination. That's our place. That's where you'll find us.