Arco – An Indoor Street Light

Arco – An Indoor Street Light

Iconic Arco Floor Lamp by Castiglioni

If the world tries to imitate you or your creation, you know that you are doing something right. Achille and Pier Giacomo Castiglioni’s iconic Arco floor lamp is by far one of the most imitated designs ever. An inventive lighting system that first saw the light of the day in 1962, Arco is the culmination of two outrageously imaginative minds coming together to create something ingenious.

The perfect blend of form and function, Arco is a free-standing  modern floor lamp that provides both direct and indirect light. Dimmable in nature and available in LED or incandescent, this piece is more than just another floor lamp.

What is striking about this lighting system is that it can make its presence felt in any indoor space. Standing tall at close to 7 feet, the Arco floor lamp’s foundation is a gorgeous, upright white Carrara marble base which acts as a heavy counterweight to support the long arched metal stem. The edges and beveled corners of the base are carefully designed to ensure that the user doesn’t hurt themselves in case they brush against the marble. And the strategic hole at the base’s center of gravity is meant to make it easy for the user to lift it using something like a broom handle through it.

Inspiration behind the design

There are several stories and versions of what inspired  Achille and Pier Giacomo Castiglioni to conjure up this design. However, the truth lies in the brothers’ keen observation of everyday objects and things around them – in this case, a street lamp.

Inspired by the design of street lights of the 1950s and 60s, the Castiglioni brothers applied their creativity to incorporate it in their modern floor lamp. With a satin-finish stainless steel telescopic stem that is curved at a height, the Arco lamp is extremely detailed and well crafted.

This enduring classic combines simplicity and functionality to deliver a suspension lamp that shines bright on a table without actually being suspended from the ceiling. Featured in many Hollywood films, including the likes of The Italian Job and Diamonds are Forever 2003, Arco has been a popular embellishment in indoor settings since its debut.

Technically innovative (and way ahead of its time, we daresay) and visually stunning, the Arco floor lamp continues to elevate the décor and lighting design of numerous commercial and residential spaces around the world.

Lamp specifications

  • Finish: Stainless steel
  • Material: Aluminum, marble
  • Weight: 140.7 lbs
  • Foot switch on power cord
  • Bulb: 1 x 100W A-21 Medium Silvered Incandescent
  • Adjustable stainless steel stem
  • Reflector: Pressed, polished and zapon-varnished spun aluminum (swiveling and height-adjustable)

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