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Toio Flos Lighting & Lamps

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The Toio lamps were created by the two Italian designers Achille and Pier Giacomo Castiglioni in the the sixties. These two designers have played around with elements usually alien to interior lamps, in fact Toio, the name coined for this collection, is a playful Italian transformation of the word Toy itself. It's a real plaything, from its materials to its shape and to the objects that is made of. Toio is a floor lamp with a lacquered and folded metal base, that supports a hexagonal rod, which rises up to hold a car headlight. The black electric cable that follows the support up to the headlight is held in place by real fishing rod guides; the cable is fitted with a dimmer for controlling the intensity of the lamp light. A particularly long cable allows it to be placed freely within a space and the base holds the transformer necessary for the use of this lamp. The only difference in the lamps of the Toio collection is the colour of shear-cut and folded metal base which comes in brilliant white, red or black. Despite it's age this remains an elegant and versatile lamp that still fits in perfectly with a modern contemporary style. When used inside any room, its upwardly directed light provides excellent overall illumination.  The genius of these two Italian designers demonstrates how, from common place objects such as a car or fishing rod, true works-of-art can be created from simple pieces. The Toio lamps are for indoor use, but the length of the electric cable gives them great flexibility and makes them adaptable to all kinds of different purposes, even outside, for example, as illumination for an evening on the terrace. These lamps do not require any installation allowing a group to be placed together flooding the interior with a high level of lighting. Perfect as a furnishing accessory even in the living room.