Flos - lighting that enchants
- Unique lamp design from Italy
- Highest product quality for over 60 years
- Exceptional designs by internationally celebrated designers
Flos - light in a unique design
Flos, Latin for "flower", is an international company for design lamps with its headquarters in Merano in South Tyrol and further branches all over the world. In addition to contemporary designs for the home, the manufacturer also offers tailor-made lighting installations for hotels, shops, offices and cultural buildings.
The Flos product range includes a wide spectrum of extraordinary luminaires, many of which went down in the history of design and are still among the Italian brand's top sellers today. The main reason for the company's success is the fascinating designs of the dedicated designers, who are usually always one step ahead of their time. The excellent materials and first-class workmanship do the rest.
The history of Flos
The story begins in 1962 in the small furniture factory Eisenkeil in Merano with the two founders Dino Gavina and Cesare Cassina. The two of them had a weakness for special lighting solutions at an early stage and engaged design greats such as the Castiglioni brothers (Arco arc lamp, Luminator floor lamp) or the married couple Afra and Tobia Scarpa (Fantasma floor lamp, Biagio floor lamp). Creativity and economy have always gone hand in hand at Flos, and with Sergio Gandini taking over the management of the company, the company has been able to consolidate its image as an experimental think tank. As a result of the success, the production sites grow and have to be relocated.
In 1972 Flos was represented with several works at an exhibition at the New York MoMA and received international attention. Achille Castiglioni's unique designs (Taraxacum 88) were later also exhibited in Europe. In the 1980s Sergio Gandini met the up-and-coming designer Philippe Starck (Miss Sissi, Ktribe collection), who would have a significant influence on Flos with his designs. His innovative ideas paved the way for modernity. With Gandini's son Piero, Flos took the step into mass production in the 2000s and other talents joined the company, including Marc Newson, Jasper Morrison (Gio Ball) and Konstantin Grcic (May Day). Piero Gandini finally manages to establish Flos in the professional lighting business for public spaces - the breakthrough is made.
Interesting facts about Flos
- Thanks to its excellent luminaire design, Flos has already won the coveted Compasso d'oro, one of the most important industrial design awards in the world, several times. Not only have designers such as Achille Castiglioni, Marc Sadler and Konstantin Grcic been honoured, but also the company itself in 1995 - for an unprecedented and courageous career in the world of design.