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Model 265 Lamp

c. 1973

by Paolo Rizzatto
for Flos

Paolo Rizzatto’s Model 265 lamp combines the pivot­ing arm func­tion of a task lamp and, through its sheer size and place­ment on a wall, dramat­i­cally extends and directs light within the inte­rior of a space with the use of a wall outlet and power cord. This is a similar func­tion as seen in the design of Achille and Pier Giacomo Castiglioni’s Arco lamp. The scale of the Model 265 lamp is formi­da­ble and will liter­ally loom large” on any wall where it is affixed. Simi­larly engag­ing is Model 265’s ability to recon­tex­tu­al­ize other objects within a space – unex­pect­edly dwarf­ing them. That Model 265 lamp uses a power cord and regular wall outlet affords great flex­i­bil­ity for place­ment on a wall.

The Model 265 lamp features a wall-mounted bracket, adjustable arm, and diffuser hood in painted finish steel; the arm is counter-balanced with a painted cast iron, beau­ti­fully tapered handle. 80” power cord plugs into a stan­dard outlet. Model 265 is avail­able in two finishes – black or white.

Paolo Rizzatto

Milan (1941)

Paolo Rizzatto graduated from Politecnico di Milano University in 1965 with a degree in architecture.Not long after, he established Luceplan in 1978 with Riccardo Sarfatti. In addition to his architecture and design work, he has taught at various institutions worldwide, including Columbia University in New York, Politecnico di Milano University in Milan, Cranbrook Art Center in Detroit, Washington University in Saint Louis, Architecture Institute in Moscow, and Architects Association in Saint Petersburg.

He continues his work in Milan as a lighting designer and has become an icon in the fields of architecture, design and interior design. Paolo Rizzatto’s lighting pieces have been awarded numerous prizes, including three “Compasso d′Oro,” the Design Plus Ambiente, the Red Dot Award Design Innovations, and a Good Design Award by the Chicago Athenaeum Museum.

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