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The masters of light.
Vision and genius in Castiglioni and Anastassiades.


Sons of different eras, fathers of a timeless aesthetics.
With their light, Achille Castiglioni and Michael Anastassiades’ visionary and brilliant minds have carved their name in the global design panorama, pursuing a dauntless pioneering and innovative work. The two designers, united by their revolutionary soul, have brought to life iconic and ingenious creations for Flos, projecting their artistic inspiration on lighting masterpieces that have marked the history of multiple generations. Light, minimalism and bare beauty have turned lamps such as Arco and IC into the authentic expression of poetic grace, engineering and design vision.

“We must instil irony in both design and objects.”

Achille Castiglioni

“I don’t consider myself an artist or a designer, but simply a creative person.”

Michael Anastassiades

Achille Castiglioni

Flos Arco
Flos Arco

“In Arco nothing is decorative: even the beveled corners on the base have a function, which is not to hurt us; even the hole isn't a flight of fantasy, but to make it easier to lift the base.”

Achille Castiglioni

Flos Diabolo

The “light Castiglioni touch”, wrote the Domus magazine to describe Diabolo, an adjustable suspension lamp first modelled in paper, then cardboard, before being crafted in 1998 in white, powder coated aluminium. It is the last object conceived by Achille Castiglioni for Flos. It definitely ranks among the most interesting creations by the designer, for both its peculiar history and some innovative technical details. The inspiration comes from the movement of the classic Chinese yo-yo in which two elements are spun on the same string. 

Flos Snoopy

A minimalist volume and a perfect balance between the elements. The iconic Snoopy table lamp, inspired by the famed cartoon character conceived by Shultz, narrates, with its shapes, Achille Castiglioni's incredible (and often ironical) flair. Designed in 1967, it still represents the symbol of a timeless classicism and of an excellent lighting research. The light, enclosed within a rounded painted aluminium shade, delicately lightens up the worktop and the slanted cylindrical base, enhancing the veins of white marble.

Flos Taccia
Flos Taccia
Flos Diabolo
Flos Snoopy Green

Michael Anastassiades

Flos IC-T1 High
Flos IC-T2
Flos IC-T1 Low
Flos IC-T1 High

“When designing a light, I always start from the glow. It is an important quality – its balance makes the entire experience become a form of meditation.”

Michael Anastassiades

Flos IC-S1
Flos IC-F1
Flos IC-T1 Low
Flos IC-T1 High

Just like in a dance of perfect shapes, the IC Lights collection of lamps combines poetry and lightness, entirely disclosing Michael Anastassiades' essential and magnetic style. Its frame in chromed steel or brushed brass portrays the whole beauty of the unique and ethereal luminous sphere that, in the different versions, gives rise to refined and suggestive atmospheres. A luminous masterpiece that appears to be floating in the air. 

Flos Copycat
Flos Copycat
Flos Coordinates Floor
Flos Coordinates S4
Flos Captain Flint

With grace and elegance Michael Anastassiades brings to life the minimalist aesthetics of Captain Flint. Combining the classicism of brass and the white Carrara marble, the cone shade supported by a tubular structure enables a delicate, direct and directional light diffusion. The softness of light is enhanced by the elegant and geometrical silhouette of the lamp, perfect to trace intimate and profound atmospheres.

Flos Arrangements Composition 3
Flos Arrangements Composition 2
Flos Captain Flint
Flos Copycat

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