Design classic (6) – Arco lamp

So I thought that for today’s design classic post, I’d take a little looksee at one of my favourite pieces, the Arco floor lamp.  Designed in 1962 by Achille and Pier Giacomo Castiglioni for the Italian lighting company Flos (see here for UK sourcing), it combines the beauty of white or black Carrara marble in its base, an adjustable stainless steel telescopic stem, and a polished aluminium shade.


Now I am very wary of recommending buying a knock off, after the hoohaa that Sam Cam stirred up a while back, but um I have to admit that I’m actually a much bigger fan of the gold/bronze version, which one can only source from the imitation pieces…nobody yell at me please.

I actually found it quite hard to find images of schemes that I really like, as Arco floor lamps seem to feature in a whole load of bland boring ones.  They also unfortunately are really often paired with the World’s Most Horrible black leather Barcelona chairs or, even worse (gasp), the whiteys.  Eugh.  You may be able to tell that I am not a fan.

Anyhoo, so I finally came up with these puppies – which is your fave?

Note: Barcelona chairs:

I am in love witht his scheme – check out those five vintage chests incorporated into the shelving unit – IN LOOOOOVE!!

Note: Barcelona chair:

Also think the lamp looks fab here, paired with Aarinan’s Bubble Chair:

And here with these warm rust tones:

(credits: 1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 / 6 / 7 / 8 / 9 / 10 / 11 / 12 / 13 / 14 / 15)

I had a go at putting together a room scheme based around the gold version of the lamp.  So many of the ones above are super contemporary, and I wanted to see if I could make it work in a more eclectic setting.  I’ve also been finding more and more bananas amazing Chinese pieces, that I wanted an excuse to start featuring, ahem…

{ Arco floor lamp, Chinese chest, Chinese cupboard, cow hide rug, Chesterfield sofa, gold accent table }

So what do you think?  Do you like the gold tones, or do you prefer the original?

Have a happy weekend folks!


  1. Rob says:

    Agree with Ali, definitely like the eclectic setting….I REALLY want one of those sofas…can you believe my grandfather just gave away his Chesterfield armchair without seeing if I wanted it!

  2. Gosh lady, you are on a posting frenzy this week! I’m not so fond of the Arco lamp but the bubble chair – absobloominglutely. I’m saving up so I can put one on my veranda. Anyway I digress. If I had to pick one of your schemes, my favourite would be the grey scheme with the tiled wall. I think I also prefer the gold knock off – ahem!

    • Elly says:

      Ooh that is most exciting about he bubble chair, you must post up a piccy when you have it! Yep, I like that scheme too – not sure about the green hide rug though…

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