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Tatou Flos Lighting & Lamps

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The Tatou collection is comprised of a range of hanging, floor and table lamps, designed by Patricia Urquiola in 2012. The name Tatou is derived from the French word meaning "armadillo": and just like an armadillo the lamps in this collection are covered with an armour that protects the warm heart of light. As the designer herself explains, the extraordinary feature of the Tatou lamp is its lampshade which has been designed to create a kind of rigid shell, inspired by the linked, chain metal structure of antique Japanese armour. Over time the aim of the project has changed, above all as the Tatou lamps needed to be mass-produced and not handmade. Today the armadillo like armour is in moulded opal polycarbonate, and the reflector is injection moulded also in polycarbonate. These materials still pay homage to the Japanese armour, with the shape and sense of structural rigidity but now it's lightweight and the various parts of the shade can be assembled with ease. The Tatou lamps are available in different sizes and dimensions and also in different colours: white, black and grey ochre. The different colours of the shade create interesting varations in illumination, as the radiated light is filtered by the opal coloured polycarbonate in a particular manner making it warm and subdued. Tatou is a collection of lamps that stands out, the unusual shape of their lampshade makes them a unique furnishing accessory: modern works of art with a practical function. The rest of the lamp's structure is decidedly less striking; the hanging lamps are supplied with a fine white wire which attaches to a circular ceiling rose. The floor and table lamp versions are supported by a coated steel rod which rests on a round base in the same colour as the shade. Overall they can be described as beautiful and decorative lamps suited to interiors that already have there own character: lamps from the Tatou collection have a distinctive personality and would be out of place in any particularly anonymous interior.