The Gatto Piccolo table 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 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 Piccolo table lamp that features a wonderfully organic shape with a cylindrical base that tapers to form a neck, culminating in a balloon-like form. Gatto Piccolo lamp is a fabulously sculptural piece that is a perfect scale for use as a small accent lamp. It is also wonderful paired with the Gatto – a larger, complementary size that is available in a separate listing.
Achille + Pier Giacomo Castiglioni
In 1938, brothers Livio and Pier Giacomo created the Castiglioni Studio, after a few years of collaboration they were joined by a third brother, Achille, in 1944. By 1952 the designs from the studio were helmed by Pier and Achille. As industrial designers, the brothers pushed the limits of design and materials. Receiving a collective achievement of 9 Compasso d'Oro awards. It is believed that over the course of their careers Achille and Pier created over 150 products. Castiglioni Studio had design relationships with Flos, Zanotta, Alessi, and many more. Over the course of their career as design collaborators, the aesthetics of their designs were so in-line with one another, that there was never a clear delineation between the stylistic approaches of either brother.
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