FLOS is Awarded 2x by Compasso d’Oro 2020
Flos is extremely happy to announce its double victory at the 26th edition of the Compasso d’Oro ADI, the most highly esteemed Italian design awards.
Arrangements, the innovative and poetic modular collection of geometric lighting elements created for Flos in 2018 by Cypriot-born designer Michael Anastassiades, won the influential award with the following comments from the international jury: “A dance of minimalism, geometry, and technology, able to beautifully interpret the LEDs and to transform them into emotion.”
The Arco lamp, designed in 1962 by brothers Achille and Pier Giacomo Castiglioni, and recognized worldwide as one of design’s most ingenious and timeless pieces, also received a well-deserved recognition almost sixty years after its original conception. The Product Lifetime Achievement Award, introduced for the first time at this edition of the Compasso d’Oro, celebrates Arco as the undisputed star of Italian design culture. Innovative, simple and adaptable, it is a combination of inspired creativity and skilled manufacturing. The jury described it as “a stylistic innovation in the lighting sector that over time became an icon for Italian design around the world.”
The ceremony was held this year in the splendid industrial setting of the new ADI Design Museum at Via Ceresio 7, Milan. Flos CEO Roberta Silva collected the awards with great pride and emotion, accompanied by designer Michael Anastassiades and by Carlo Castiglioni, son of Achille and president of the Foundation of the same name.
These two new ADI awards are the latest in a remarkable list of Compasso d’Oro won by Flos over the years for various extraordinary designs, which include the famous Parentesi by Achille Castiglioni and Pio Manzù in 1979; the eclectic May Day by Konstantin Grcic in 2001; and, more recently, the minimal and futuristic OK in 2016, once more by Grcic.
Founded in Merano in 1962, FLOS is recognised as a leading international-level manufacturer of top-end designer lighting and innovative lighting systems for both residential and professional sectors. The company boasts a catalogue packed with iconic lamps created by legendary names in the history of design such as Achille and Pier Giacomo Castiglioni, Philippe Starck, Antonio Citterio, Piero Lissoni, Marcel Wanders, Konstantin Grcic, Jasper Morrison, Patricia Urquiola, Ron Gilad, Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec, Michael Anastassiades, Vincent Van Duysen, Nendo, Formafantasma, and many others.In over fifty years of business, Flos has grown significantly, showing a constant commitment to research and innovation in lighting, teamed with a remarkable capacity for identifying new creative talent. In November 2014, acquisition by the Italian private equity firm Investindustrial of a majority stake in Flos marked the start of further industrial development and expansion on a global level. In June 2015, Ares, the Italian benchmark manufacturer of outdoor architectural lighting, joined the Flos group. The Outdoor division thus became the fourth production unit at Flos, alongside its historic design, architectural and custom product lines. In November 2018, Flos, together with B&B Italia, Louis Poulsen and Arclinea, became part of The Design Holding, a project stemming from collaboration between the investment company Investindustrial and The Carlyle Group. The holding represents the largest global group in the sector of top-end interior design. In June 2019, Roberta Silva was appointed CEO of Flos, with a view to managerial development of the holding, guided by President and CEO Gabriele Del Torchio. Flos today offers a universe of fully integrated solutions. It exports to more than 80 countries worldwide and has single-brand stores in Rome, Milan, Paris, Lyon, New York and Stockholm. Its creations have received countless international awards and many of them now feature in the permanent collections of major art and design museums around the world.usa.flos.com | @flos_northamerica