Inspired by a sketch drawn by Pio Manzù and designed in tandem with Achille Castiglioni in 1970, the Parentesi Lamp fixture represents a culmination of the modernist manifesto: form following function, subtraction of ornamentation, and the composition of a product that draws beauty from its form. Produced by Flos, the lamp is made of stainless steel cable, mounted to the ceiling and held in tension by a black rubber covered lead counterweight that floats just above the ground. A stainless steel bracket sits on the cable and is adjustable in height. The light bulb is attached to the cable by way of a rubber joint. With his unique and witty design sensibility, Castiglioni developed a look which was both industrial and functional, celebrating the ingenuity of the mundane or everyday object, with the minimum of intervention.
- Unique suspended lamp which provides direct or indirect light
- Parentesi moves vertically via the sliding of a painted or nickel-plated shaped steel tube on a ceiling-to-floor steel cable
- Cable length max 157"/400cm
- Fixture head made of injection-molded black elastomer housing a switch
- The Parentesi lamp is part of the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art in New York
- Awarded the Compasso d'Oro in 1979