The Italian maestro of lighting took its name from the Latin word for flower, and indeed bright ideas have blossomed since its founding in 1962. Flos first attracted attention for its “Cocoon” lighting, for which legendary duo Achille and Pier Giacomo Castiglioni enveloped a steel frame in sprayed plastic and created an icon of 1960s mod fashion. MoMA acknowledged the manufacturer’s achievements in 1972, including its lighting in the survey “Italy: The New Domestic Landscape.”
Flos didn’t rest on its laurels, however, but pushed forward with collaborations with another duo, Afra and Tobia Scarpa, which included the slim floor lamp Papillona, one of the world’s first halogen lamps. This blend of cutting-edge tech and elegant design would carry on through the following decades, resulting in blockbusters like Phillipe Starck’s Sissi table lamp, which sold an astonishing 100,000 units in 1985. Flos helped to pioneer the use of illumination as architecture with a new division, Flos Architectural Lighting, and as art itself, with commissions for Jenny Holzer that brought her slogans to light. And its commitment to innovations for the home continues into the 21st Century: Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec’s Aim pendant coils like a vine, with a bright bud of a diffuser, proving that after almost sixty years, Flos is still growing strong. Context Gallery has been a trusted partner with Flos for over a decade.