The Arco is included in the permanent collection at MoMA and was originally designed by Achille Castiglioni in 1962. This mid-century modern furniture reproduction contains a polished stainless steel shade that extends eight feet beyond the base, leaving room for a dining table or sofa to sit directly beneath the light source. It's perfect for rooms that do not have individual lighting fixtures from the ceiling.
When creating the Arco lamp, followed the principles of "Start from scratch. Stick to common sense. Know your goals and means." He passed this on to this students as well.
Inspired by a streetlight, the Arco cleverly provides overhead lighting without requiring ceiling suspension, its polished shade extending eight feet to accommodate a dining table or sofa beneath the light source. Aware that the 78-pound lamp would be difficult to move, the designers smartly placed a hole in the base to accommodate a broom handle. They also gave the Arco an adjustable arc and swiveling shade for precise lighting control. As groovy as it is elegant, the lamp's iconic status was sealed when it appeared on screen alongside Sean Connery in Diamonds Are Forever and inThe Italian Job (apropos).
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