Research and innovation in lighting technology
Established in 1962 in Merano, FLOS is an international company offering a range of products and systems in the residential and architectural lighting sector. Famous for solutions that are both creative and innovative, the company has a broad catalogue of iconic lighting products by celebrated designers including Achille and Pier Giacomo Castiglioni, Philippe Starck, Antonio Citterio, Marcel Wanders, Konstantin Grcic, Jasper Morrison, Patricia Urquiola, Ron Gilad, Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec and many more.
FLOS has an ongoing commitment to research and innovation in lighting technology, combined with an extraordinary ability to identify new creative talents. With the recent launch of the Soft Architecture collection, a ground-breaking project recognised by leading international awards, the company has further demonstrated how a historic brand can look to the future without loosing sight of its tradition.
Designer Marcel Wanders
"In my previous house I had a fabulous antique-decorated plaster ceiling. I called it my Skygarden. it always looked good even without me having green fingers or taking care of it very well. It didn’t need water or sunlight but lived only on the warm rays of the electric light underneath it. I loved it so much that when time I moved house I couldn`t leave it. I had to find a way to take it to my new home. I took my tools and removed it from the ceiling. This fabulous piece of history is now secretly hidden in a minimalist architectural sphere in the heart of my new home where I can enjoy it with friends. If you tell don’t tell anyone, you can enjoy it with me."
Designer Achille & Pier Giacomo Castiglioni
"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."
Designer Konstantin Grcic
.. Designing a lamp is no longer limited to working around a given bulb. Today, it means designing the actual bulb or light source. This challenged me to think of Parentesi, a lamp that celebrated the traditional bulb in the most effective and beautiful way. Would it be possible to rethink the Parentesi lamp once more and pass the Manzù-Castiglioni torch on to the future?
Designer R. & E. Bouroullec.
"The general idea underpinning this project is to offer a lamp which can be infinitely adjusted to satisfy all lighting needs. We have developed a new type of lamp that is naturally positioned in space - like a plant - with long cables providing maximum freedom to adjust the direction and height of the light source."
Kelvin Led Flos
Designer Antonio Citterio
"Only rarely in our profession do you conceive of and design a product that in one way or another will become an archetype. With the Kelvin Led project I have always been convinced that this is the case."
Designer Achille & Pier Giacomo Castiglioni
Taccia is in production since 1962 and still retains the charm of a timeless object. Refined light table, thanks to the continuous considerable size is also usable as floor lamp. It consists of a base made of anodized extruded aluminum, also available in black. On the base it is resting on a large glass bell translucent, which can be freely oriented to direct the light, surmounted by a concave disc white aluminum. The light source is hidden within the metal support, profiled with projections to improve heat diffusion of the light bulb. This technical device, which makes it look like the foundation of a classical column, has become the main characteristic lines of the lamp, and has determined its success. Through the electronic dimmer, on the cable, you can adjust the intensity of the emission.
Light light Flos
Designer Hans Buschfeld
Modular track system with very low voltage and with especially compact dimensions suitable for wall, ceiling and suspension mounting. Different applications make it suitable for lighting in different areas: work, residential, exhibitions. A simple system allows for fast connection to the power supply. The devices can be mounted in any position on the track and they can be moved or removed without having to use special tools.
Designer Jasper Morrison
The simple concept behind the Glo-ball family of lights is to obtain the maximum diffusion of light, this is achieved by the use of hand-blown, etched white opaline glass. The form: a flattened globe appears, like the moon, as a flat disc when illuminated.
Designer Achille Castiglioni
Designed by Achille Castiglioni in 1984, the name Stylos is indicative of what is the form and substance of this floor lamp: a large cylindrical body, tall and slim, slender and elegant.
Designer Achille Castiglioni
Lamp Suspension lamp providing direct and reflected, it is a classic catalog Flos. Inspiration is contained in the name: the very common dandelion flower, globe full of stamens transparent, labile joined to the core, ready to fly away at the first gust of wind. Something ethereal and vaporous: triangular plaques of polished chrome aluminum, assembled in a compact core to accommodate each of the three balls of light. A sphere multi composite, light despite its large size, charming with the lights out, by shining on.
Ic Lights Flos
Designer Michael Anastassiades
This collection explores balance. There is a series of lights: table lights, wall lights, ceiling pendants and ceiling mounted lights which take as their basic form a sphere that is perfectly balanced on the edge of a rod. I came across an online video clip of a contact juggler. He was spinning a set of spheres, moving them around on his arms and edge of his fingers. And as I got mesmerized by the magic of his skill, suddenly the spheres look perfectly still. I wanted to capture that exact moment. This was my starting point. The initials IC come from the codes that English police use to define the perceived ethnicity of a person they stop in the street when reporting back to the station. IC1 means white person or Northern European type, IC2 means Mediterranean European/Hispanic, IC3 indicates an African/Afro-Caribbean person, and so on, so this is a playful story to define the different designs.
Designer Achille Castiglioni e Pio Manzu
"Pio Manzù had the original idea for Parentiesi. He thought up a fixed vertical boom and a cylindrical box with a slot for the light, which went up and down: you stopped it with a screw. He replaced the boom with a metal chord that, when bent creates friction and enables the lamp to be in position without requiring any screws".