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Parentesi Flos Lighting & Lamps

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The lamps in the Parentesi collection from Flos are for indoor use and make perfect living room lighting. The first Parentesi (the word which means brackets in Italian) lamp was launched in 1971 and is a object from the renowned Achille Castiglioni inspired by a Pio Manzù design. The completely innovative and original design of this lamp is an icon of Italian style and is now exhibited in many modern art museums. The idea was to pare down and simplify lighting appliances using, what were then, innovative materials. The Parentesi lamps consist of two bases one for the ceiling and one for the floor, which between them maintain tension on a fine steel cable; in turn the cable supports a bracket shaped tubular element on which the lamp holder is mounted allowing it to freely oriented. The genius and originality of Achille Castiglioni is captured in these few elements: this lamp is simple and innovative yet expresses enormous style and elegance. The original idea by Pio Manzù mounted the lamp holder on a shaft, Castiglioni substituted this with the steel cable which creates the necessary friction along with the bracket shaped tube allowing the head to be positioned without the use of stoppers or screws. The Parentesi collection is suited to contemporary interiors. The materials of the lamp are steel, for the cable and tube, and various plastic materials for the lamp holder and other structural elements of the lamp. Thanks to the linear and pared down simplicity of the project, Parentesi is a lamp that is still versatile and contemporary in its style. The lamp holder can be moved to any direction that requires lighting while the metal tube that holds it can be moved up and down vertically along the cable making it exceptionally versatile and suitable for interiors of any dimension. The Parentesi collection is made up from a single sized lamp on which only one element can be customised: the colour of the metal tube which supports the lamp holder. Both the lamp holder and the supports for the metal cable are in black, while the tube can be black, red, white or in nickel. Parentesi lamps work exceptionally well installed as a group providing a high level of illumination.