Flos Lampadina Table Lamp

Flos LampadinaFlos Lampadina Table Lamp Classic Utilitarian Design

In some ways, the Flos Lampadina table lamp is a perfect symbol of what contemporary industrial design is all about: simplicity, ingenuity, functionality and quality design. The Flos Lampadina takes a large incandescent 40w lamp as its focus, and sandblasts a small area to form a ‘skullcap’ which diffuses the light and cuts down on glare.

The lamp sits in a Bakelite holder on top of an anodized aluminium base which also functions as an excess cable wrap. The large on/off switch is conveniently placed on the outside of the lamp holder.

The Flos Lampadina measures 12.5 x 24cm (4.92 x 9.44 inches), with a 230cm power cord, and weighs just 350g. At less than £100, it is one of the more affordable contemporary lighting solutions on the market, and Ferrious can supply both the orange and black versions.

An Achille Castiglioni Piece
The Flos Lampadina was designed in 1972 by Achille Castiglioni, one of the Milan-born brothers who lie at the very foundation of Flos lighting. Achille Castiglioni, who achieved his degree in architecture, has himself designed over 150 products, fourteen of which are on permanent display at the illustrious Museum of Modern Art in New York. He has also co-produced designs with his brother Pier Giacomo.

Castiglioni is known as one of the biggest figures in 20th Century industrial design with a clever wit and a love of paradox. Before his death in 2002, he had received 9 prestigious Compasso d’Oro awards. He also designed furniture for Zanotta and household objects for Alessi.