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Parentesi Contemporary Hanging Lights
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Borne out of a 1971 collaboration between Achille Castiglioni and Pio Manzù, the Parentesi was named for the parenthesis symbol—a visual reference to the nickel-plated shaped tube that lives on a floor-to-ceiling steel cable. The steel cable can reach up to 157", and the tube allows the lamp head to move vertically along the cable to achieve a customized height. The head fixture is injection-molded black elastomer, equipped with a switch.

The Parentesi provides direct lighting and is available in black, nickel, or red.

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    Ceiling Pendant

  • Lamp (Bulb) Description

    1 x 120W BR-40 Medium Reflector Flood Incandescent (Not Included)

  • Environment

    Indoor - Dry Location

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  • Finish

    Red Black Nickel

  • Dimmable

    Yes (Dimmer not included)

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  • Cord Length / Color

    157" - Black (Cord length can be shortened during installation)

  • Weight (lbs)

    8 lbs

  • Construction Material

    Plastic and Steel

  • Switching

    Switch made of injection-molded black elastomer (UL-94 HB) housed in fixture head

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    The product of a partnership between two legends, the Parentesi pendant lamp is customizable ___ and simply brilliant.

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Inspiration behind the design:

"Pio Manzù had the original idea for Parentiesi,” explains Achille Castiglioni. “He thought up a fixed vertical boom and a cylindrical box with a slot for the light, which went up and down: you stopped it with a screw. He replaced the boom with a metal cord that, when bent, creates friction and enables the lamp to be in position without requiring any screws."