The Toio floor lamp was one of the first lamps designed in 1962 by Achille and Pier Giacomo Castiglioni for the newly formed Flos. It is an iconic example of the Castiglioni Brothers’ Ready-Made Objects – a collection of design objects that features “ready-made” or “found” elements assembled in unexpected ways to create a new object.
The headlight from an automobile was the inspiration for the Toio lamp. Its 300-watt reflector bulb sits exposed within a simple cradle of nickel-plated brass atop a height-adjustable hexagonal stem. The rings used to direct line in a fishing rod are also used here to guide the electrical cord along this stem. An exposed transformer sits within the enameled steel base frame and helps provide the needed weight to keep the floor lamp balanced. The Toio lamp is included in the permanent collection of several museums worldwide including the Museum of Modern Art, New York. The fact that Toio is still in production a half-century later is a testament to its absolute timelessness. Available in a choice of red or black enameled base finish.
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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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