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parentesi lighting system

by Castiglioni from Flos

parentesi lighting system

Design Achille Castiglioni & Pio Manzu, 1971
Steel cable, metal elastomer
Made in Italy by Flos

A steel cord hangs from a small ceiling mount, weighted at the bottom providing the necessary tension to hold the lamp in place. The rubber, lamp housing is suspended on the cord by a curved-metal, tubular bracket, the "parenthesis". Full adjustability and swivel control. Plugs into any wall outlet. Available in various finish options. Optional brackets can also be added, please call the hive showroom to specify.

Intelligent and minimalist in design, the Parentesi has been in production since the 1970's and has been placed in the permanent collection at the Museum Of Modern Art in New York. Castiglioni's imaginative forms and simplistic designs have made him one of the most influential figures in Italian design.

157.4" h max | base: 4.3" dia | 8 lbs. | 157" black cord | UL listed
requires 1x120W BR-40 medium base reflector flood bulb
bulb & dimmer are not included

$465.00 + free curbside delivery delivery in the continental US
(usually ships in 7-10 days)
average rating: 3


Achille Castiglioni was a renowned Italian industrial designer often inspired by everyday things. He made use of ordinary materials, preferring to use minimal materials to create a maximal effect. He was best known for his lamps for Flos; Luminator, Arco, and the Snoopy Lamp.
Design and innovation have been the two main pillars of Flos lighting since 1962. Taking care of the Planet and its inhabitants through beautiful and sustainable lighting is a third new pillar.


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