Taccia lamp is one of the most remarkable table lamps created in the 20th century. In a 1970 interview, Achille Castiglioni referring to Taccia stating that “we regard it as the Mercedes of the lamps, a symbol of success: maybe because it looks like a classic column. Of course we weren’t concerned about prestige when we designed it. We intended to obtain a surface which would remain chilly.”
The substantial fluted columnar base in nickel-plated, zapon-varnished polished steel with fluted base element in extruded aluminum available in matte black or anodized silver finish – the base houses the transformer and socket for the bulb. Atop the base is a hand-blown paraboloid blown glass diffuser form over which a white painted concave aluminum disc fits. Light is reflected off of the white disc and is diffused through the bulbous glass form. The large cavity within the glass diffuser, along with the openings above and below the fluted exterior of the base, also helps disperse the heat generated by the bulb. The unique shape of the glass diffuser resting within the cylindrical columnar base allows the user to easily shift the diffuser to create new overall aesthetics for the lamp without having to touch the base.
Taccia lamp was first presented by the Castiglioni Brothers in March 1959 at the Illinois Institute of Design and the Chicago Institute of Technology. After Flos was formed in 1962, Taccia lamp was one of the lamps presented in its initial collection and has remained in continuous production for 50 years.
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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