The Gatto lamp is part of the iconic range of early 1960s lighting designs from Achille and Pier Giacomo Castiglioni that took its inspiration from George Nelson’s structurally similar lamps for the Howard Miller Company in the late 1940s. Each piece in the Castiglioni Brothers’ collection of suspension and table lamps features an internal powder-coated steel frame onto which a fibrous white polymer has been sprayed to form a “cocoon-like” skin that functions as a diffuser.
Arturo Eisenkeil, a European importer of this special polymer made in the United States was looking for similar applications in Italy. With the Castiglioni Brothers’ and Tobia Scarpa’s exploration of the material to also create lighting, he joined forces with Dino Gavina and Cesare Cassina to form a company to produce these designs – resultingly, Flos was created in 1962.
Noted here is the Gatto lamp that features a wonderfully organic shape with a cylindrical base that tapers to form a neck, culminating in a balloon-like form. Gatto lamp is a fabulously sculptural piece that is a perfect scale for use as a lamp on an end/occasional table. It is also wonderful paired with the Gatto Piccolo lamp– a smaller, complementary size that is available in a separate listing.
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