Flos: Lighting innovators

Gibigiana table light, designed by Achille Castiglioni for Flos

In 1962, Flos was founded in Merano, in order to produce a range of modern lighting. Designers such as Achille Castiglioni, Pier Giacomo Castiglioni and Tobia Scarpa were brought into the company to develop new lighting concepts. The designers experimented with new materials and processes, such as cocoon, a very pliable material made in the USA. In 1964 Sergio Gandini joined the company, and the headquarters relocated to a new site near Brescia. In 1968, the first Flos retail store, designed by the Castiglioni brothers (Achille and Pier Giacomo), opened in Milan. In the 1970’s Flos began it’s International expansion, opening a subsidiary in Germany, buying historical brand Arteluce, founded in 1939 by Gino Sarfatti and opening a new factory near Brescia.

Foglio wall light, designed by Tobia Scarpa for Flos

Frisbi pendant light, designed by Achille Castiglioni for Flos

Throughout the 1980’s, Flos continued it’s collaboration with Achille Castiglioni which led to the development of the  “family of products” concept to the market with the Brera series. Alongside this partnership, Flos were also keen to foster new partnerships with emerging design talent; collaborating with Philippe Starck in 1988. Following this, Flos had many successful collaborations with young international designers, such as: Jasper Morrison, Konstantin Grcic, Marc Newson, Antonio Citterio, Marcello Ziliani, Marcel Wanders, Sebastian Wrong, Laurene Leon Boym, Piero Lissoni, Rodolfo Dordoni, Tim Derhaag, Johanna Grawunder, Joris Laarman, Knud Holscher, Barber & Osgerby, Patricia Urquiola, Paul Cocksedge and Ron Gilad. Information about all of the designers listed can be found on the Flos website – Designers Info.

Today Flos is an international organization that offers a complete range of residential, commercial and custom-made lighting products. Their impressive catalogue showcases a collection of iconic lighting designs that have changed the concept of illumination itself. Through their on-going dedication to research into innovative materials and technology and their courage to take risks and be provocative whilst honoring the fundamental principles of design, Flos has remained at the forefront of producing great design and cutting-edge lighting technology.

Through their ability to spot emerging talent and their collaborations with inventive designers, Flos products have a strong symbolic appeal that is immediately recognizable and globally recognised. Their portfolio boasts a vast selection of high quality, innovative lighting designed to fit and enhance any environment, ranging from basic to high end luxury. Their lighting can be seamlessly integrated in any office, hotel, or store and as well as their expertise in manufacturing, the Flos Contract Division assists architects as a specialty lighting systems designer for a wide-range of challenging environments, such as museums, stores, and theatres. If you click on this link, you can see case-studies of some of Flos’ World Projects.

Iconic Lighting Design

The Flos collection is home to some of the most iconic pieces of lighting design that will remain in the archives of design history.

Among these are: Parentesi by Achille Castiglioni and Pio Manzù; Arco and Taraxacum by Achille and Pier Giacomo Castiglioni; Miss Sissi, Archimoon, the Romeo series and the Ktribe series by Philippe Starck; the Glo-Ball series by Jasper Morrison; Skygarden and Zeppelin suspension lights by Marcel Wanders; the 2097 chandelier by Gino Sarfatti; Ray by Rodolfo Dordoni; Kelvin by Antonio Citterio with Toan Nguyen; Nebula by Joris Laarman.

Skygarden S2 pendant light, designed by Marcel Wanders for Flos

Nebula pendant light, designed by Joris Laarman for Flos

Ara table light, designed by Philippe Starck for Flos

Taraxacum pendant light by Achille and Pier Giacomo Castilioni for Flos

Chasen pendant light, designed by Patricia Urquiola for Flos

Arco floor light, designed by Achille and Pier Giacomo Castigliani for Flos

All Images sourced from the product lists at  www.flosusa.com

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