A street lamp was the springboard for the Arco Floor Lamp: that is, a ceiling lamp that does not require holes in the ceiling. The Arco Floor Lamp provides lighting by projecting its light source eight feet away from the base, leaving enough room underneath to serve dinner and sit at the table. Its adjustable stainless-steel shade and arm allow for both direct and indirect lighting. The hole in the marble base of the Arco Floor Lamp, 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.
DesignerAchille Castiglioni and Pier Giacomo Castiglioni
Size95h x 78.5"d globe 11.5"d
Year of Design1962
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Born in Milan in 1918, Achille Castiglioni is an internationally acknowledged master of Italian design whose work is represented in MoMA's collection. During his 52-year career, he designed and collaborated on nearly 150 design objects, from lamps to cameras to car seats. His work is known for combining simplicity with fun, along with close attention to how objects are used in real life. In 1997, MoMA launched the first individual retrospective of his work with the exhibition Achille Castiglioni: Design! Prior to that, his designs were featured in numerous exhibitions at the Museum, including The Modern Movement in Italy: Architecture and Design (1954) and Recent Acquisitions: Design (1967-8 and 1970-1). Castiglioni’s work has had a significant impact on the history of the applied arts and has taught generations about good design.
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