A street lamp was the springboard for Arco, a ceiling lamp that does not require holes in the ceiling. The light source is projected eight feet away from the base, leaving enough room to serve dinner and sit at the table. Its adjustable stainless-steel shade and arm allow for both direct and indirect light. The hole in the marble base, designed to allow transport with a broom handle, has become one of the lamp's signature design elements. Featured in the Museum's collection, this lamp boasts a bold arc that still makes a sweeping statement more than 50 years after its creation.
Design is one of the highest expressions of twentieth-century creativity, and Achille Castiglioni is one of its greatest masters. His objects stand as clear examples of rigorous method, technical skill, exuberant talent, and wit, combined to achieve a beauty that is fulfilling on both a rational and an emotional level. His work exemplifies the ideal of good design. In 1997, The Museum of Modern Art presented the first museum retrospective of his work in the United States, a celebration not only of the designer, but of the entire discipline in which he excels.