Designed by Achille Castiglioni and Pier Giacomo Castiglioni as a freestanding interior version of a street lamp, the aim was to produce a lamp so stunning that fixed lights would become obsolete. The Arco lamp has remained unchanged and the current production is exactly the same as the ones produced in 1962 with exception of an upgraded electrical system.
|Achille Castiglioni in his Milan studio in the late '60s, reading under the Arco lamp he designed |
with his brother, Pier Giacomo, in 1962
|Love the skull and butterflies painting in the background and the chair and ottoman set|
The curved stem of the Arco lamp is made of three pieces, all made out of stainless steel with a U profile that slide inside each other, like a fishing rod, the telescopic movement also conceals the electric leads. This gives more span to the arc, and enables the lamp to be set at three different heights.
|The bullet planters look familiar|
The Arco lamp is available through Design Within Reach for $2,950, which is why it sits at the top our wishlist.