FLOS Wins Three 2015 GOOD DESIGN™ Awards
Chicago Athenaeum Honors Shade, Ipnos, and Running Magnet 2.0 in Lighting Category
FLOS, the renowned Italian lighting design company, is proud to announce the recognition of the Shade lamp designed by Paul Cocksedge, the Ipnos lamp by Nicoletta Rossi and Guido Bianchi and The Running Magnet 2.0 architectural lighting system in the 2015 GOOD DESIGN Awards. Founded in Chicago in 1950 by architects Eero Saarinen, Charles and Ray Eames, and Edgar Kaufmann, Jr., GOOD DESIGN bestows international recognition upon the world’s most prominent designers and manufacturers for advancing new, visionary, and innovative product concepts, invention and originality, and for stretching the envelope beyond what is considered ordinary product and consumer design.
“FLOS is honored to be recognized with three GOOD DESIGN Awards this year,” said CEO of FLOS USA Jan Vingerhoets. “We’re seeing a high level of creativity in design due to new technologies that FLOS is researching and bringing to light. Shade, Ipnos and Running Magnet 2.0 are undoubtedly beautiful, but it’s the surprising details and playful illusions that make each one truly spectacular.”
The magic of Cocksedge’s Shade is the successful outcome of an attempt to avoid conventional solutions for using mains power from the ceiling, eliminating the intrusion of visible wires, cables and switches. Instead, the power derives from an LED floor fitting housed in a small black aluminum box. This element shines light upwards into the Japanese paper shade, which in turn is invisibly suspended from the ceiling by capillary-thin nylon wires, making it look like a surreal, floating lampshade.
Ipnos is an indoor-outdoor LED floor lamp composed of an ultra-light skeleton of thin extruded and anodized aluminum profiles. LED light sources are integrated in the upper edges, leaving the space inside the lamp empty and glowing with a soft and interesting light that seems to come from nowhere.
The Running Magnet 2.0 architectural lighting system, originally designed for use in retail displays where frequent changes are typical and absolute performance is required, is popular in a number of project categories including hospitality, office and residential. The extruded aluminum housing creates a clean 1-3/8” slot that can run up, around and across walls and ceilings. Vertical and horizontal corners complete the system. Linear LED and accent fixtures can be exchanged and re-positioned without tools, connecting automatically through the magic of magnets. A variety of light elements achieve flexible yet precise illumination with artistic results.
Founded in 1962 in Merano, Italy, FLOS is an international company that offers a range of lighting products and systems for residential and architectural applications. Known for its creative and innovative lighting solutions, the company can boast a rich catalog of iconic products created by legends of design like Achille Castiglioni, Philippe Starck, Antonio Citterio, Marcel Wanders, Konstantin Grcic, Jasper Morrison, Patricia Urquiola, Ron Gilad, and many others. FLOS shows constant commitment to technological research and innovation, together with an extraordinary capacity to spot new creative talent. With the recent launch of the Soft Architecture collection, which has received top international awards, the company gave further proof of a well-established brand’s ability to look to the future without forgetting its own tradition. Flos has flagship stores in Rome, Milan, Paris, Hong Kong, Stockholm, London and New York. For more information, visit www.flosusa.com.