Exciting new lighting designs and solutions will be unveiled at the Flos's historical retail store and professional showroom in Milan for Milan Design Week 2021. Along with presenting their latest offering - the new Decorative and Outdoor Spring 2021 collections, their professional space will also be showcasing products, installations and works from a roster of celebrated designers such as Jasper Morrison, Marcel Wanders, Philippe Starck, Patricia Urquiola, Michael Anastassiades, Piero Lissoni and more...
Jasper Morrison's latest lamp for Flos is an exercise in simplicity; a wall lamp at the service of architecture and space. The embodiment of Super Normal (a recurring theme in Morrison's work since early on in his career), Oplight looks like a musical note on a pentagram, or, as the designer describes it, 'the most obvious, definitive shape a wall light could be.' As Oplight makes its debut, we take this opportunity to ask the designer a few questions about light, designing objects of all scales and how he conceives his supernormal objects.
Parentesi 50 Design Achille Castiglioni & Pio Manzù 1971 / 2021
To celebrate the 50th anniversary of its long-lasting bestseller Parentesi, Flos reinterprets the iconic lamp with two new colors that celebrate its authors: Achille Castiglioni and Pio Manzù.
Turquoise and Signal Orange. Flos selected these colors for the Parentesi special edition celebrating the 50th birthday of a bestseller, designed by Pio Manzù and Achille Castiglioni and in production since 1971. The starting point for Flos' design curators Calvi Brambilla was not fashion but their love for the original lamp: so every single design choice is the result of their philological approach, leveraging on their deep knowledge of the history of this classic piece of Italian design history.
The Special Edition
The Parentesi Special Edition is a philological operation of design culture that includes every detail of both lamp and packaging.
When it was launched, Parentesi was sold in bare packaging, two plastic shells made in a single mold. Although no one knows how much of Manzù's work was known to Castiglioni, it's remarkable to notice that the packaging was made with the same technology that the FIAT 127 designer used for promotional cases for FIAT. And that the transparency of the packaging, which gives dignity to the individual elements, recalls how the car designer exhibited mechanical parts at trade fairs: on the wall, like works of art.
This particular packaging, still stuck in design enthusiasts' minds, was abandoned after a few years from early production for unknown reasons – probably related to costs and some stability issues. Yet in the name of philological care and of the "total design" approach that generated Parentesi, Flos has decided to repropose it. New manufacturing capabilities and digitalization have made Castiglioni's packaging an easy and cost-effective solution, as well as a philologically appropriate one.
Guns Design Philippe Starck, 2005 New Finishes 2021
The Guns Collection for the Health of Africa
Philippe Starck's Guns Collection for Flos was conceived in 2005 as an open condemnation of war and violence. It represents an overt provocation against greed and the economic interests linked to global conflict.
Ever since its launch in 2005, 20% of the profit from the sale of these provocative designs has been donated to Freres des Hommes, a non-governmental organisation dedicated to supporting the growth of developing countries, many of which are blighted by gruelling conflict. With the help of Flos, numerous projects over the years have been successfully developed and implemented across Africa and South America.
On the occasion of Milano Design Week 2021, Flos unveils the Guns series in two special finishes: matt white and matt black. These models will be exclusively distributed through the new Flos e commerce website - launching in September 2021, as well as the Flos flagship stores and the D Studio stores worldwide- the new concept retail spaces where all the brands of the Design Holding group are brought together for a unique design experience.
265 Chromatica Design Paolo Rizzatto, 1973-2021
"Light is what allows our eyes to distinguish colors. Using color to define a lamp's design is thus a natural progression of this concept," says Paolo Rizzatto. 265 Chromatica is a new edition of the famous suspension wall lamp designed by Paolo Rizzatto in 1973 for Flos, an internationally acclaimed design icon. Expression of a useful and democratic design idea, 265 Chromatica can be oriented in any direction to illuminate the space and is perfect for a home or a studio.
New Colors For String Lights And Coordinates Design Michael Anastassiades
"My work stems from an idea of subtraction. An object stripped and brought back to its bare essentiality is the ultimate, definitive expression of beauty," says Michael Anastassiades. On the occasion of Milano Design Week 2021, String Lights and Coordinates, the families of lamps designed by Michael Anastassiades for Flos, are presented with new color finishes. The two families of lamps represent the perfect synthesis of the poetic minimalism of the Cypriot designer active with his studio in London. With String Lights and Coordinates, Anastassiades has drawn on pure and original shapes, both simple and sophisticated, now enhanced by new nuances. The new finishes add contemporary notes to the timeless elegance that distinguishes the Anastassiades' creations from the beginning.