Flos • TOIO LED
Steel base and nickel-plated brass base with telescopic head. Designed by Achille and Pier Giacomo Castiglioni, in 1962, for FLOS. LED bulb 23W, included.
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W.21 x H.158/195 x D.21cm
Ready to deliver in 3 to 4 weeks
Tongue in cheek Italian design.
Toio is the humorous translation coined by Achille and Pier Giacomo Castiglioni for the English word toy.
Working in the midst of the Italian design Renaissance of the 1950s and ’60s, brothers Achille and Pier Giacomo Castiglioni were dedicated to creating visually appealing, yet technically innovative designs. Their legacy is still felt today, as they are among the most celebrated designers of the 20th century—especially among diehard design lovers.
Both brothers were keenly interested in experimenting with new materials and techniques for industrial production. Additionally, they were eager to find inspiration in the everyday, and, as such, they often worked with found objects and components.
Pier Giacomo unfortunately died early in 1968; Achille continued to work on his own until his own death in 2002. Today, many of the brothers’ designs are on display at museums and galleries around the world, including the V&A in London and the MoMA in New York. Over the course of their careers, they collectively received nine Compasso d´Oro awards.
Flos, the Italian brand of lighting par excellence, is on the borderline that unites and divides art and design, manufacturing and industry, individual creation and collective imagination.
With over 50 years of activity, Flos has received numerous Compasso D'Oro, one of the most important design awards in the world, the result of the work philosophy the brand has adopted since the beginning: to work with the best designers in the world (whether undiscovered talents or established masters), using revolutionary techniques and materials and always keeping abreast of cultural and market trends.
The entire history of Flos is full of transformative moments and design icons, such as the Arco and Parentesi lamps, designed by the Castiglioni brothers, or the Ktribe family of lamps by Philippe Starck. A Flos catalogue is not only an inventory of iconic lamps, but also a true directory of established designers such as Gino Sarfatti, Rodolfo Dordoni, Antonio Citterio, Marcel Wanders, Konstantin Grcic, Jasper Morrison, Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec or Patricia Urquiola.
Today, experimentation opens up new paths with the use of avant-garde materials and hi-tech solutions, such as OLED technology and new eco-sustainable materials. Flos' commitment to sustainability is impressive. The company actively seeks environmentally friendly solutions throughout its design and manufacturing processes. It incorporates energy-efficient technologies and materials, ensuring that its lighting fixtures not only provide exceptional illumination but also minimize their impact on the planet.
In addition to its residential lighting solutions, Flos has also made significant contributions to the architectural lighting industry. The company has worked on prestigious projects around the globe, collaborating with architects to create custom lighting solutions that enhance the beauty and functionality of spaces.
Flos isn't just another lighting company, it's a cultural one. Merging tecnhology and emotion, it integrates light into architecture and nature, bringing a sophisticated, poetic sensibility to all its creations. Taking the long view, Flos creates sustainable and timeless lighting fixtures, each of which it refines to its truest essence.