The Coolest, Hippest, Movie Star Lamp: Arco Lamp


One of the things I noticed when I walked into Rowland Design during my first few months was this mammoth piece of metal and chunk of marble that on closer inspection turned out to be a light fixture.  “It’s definitely not a lamp for the shy”, was my first thought.  The wide arc and heavy structure makes everything else take a backseat in the space.  There is an interesting history and story I want to first cast some light on:

“Arco Lamp by Achille Castiglioni and Pier Giacomo Castiglioni for Flos : functional elegance sums up this fantastic floor lamp designed by Achille Castiglioni for Flos in 1962.  The Arco lamp is a superbly executed work of art which duals as a stylish modern floor lamp; it features our favorite material by far; Italian Carrara marble. Carrara is a town in the Italian Alps where the quarries are located which produce this fantastic marble. The marble (Michelangelo’s favorite) from this area has been used in Italy since Roman times. Every time we see a Flos lamp in person, its quality and design features leave us astounded – a big word, but the only right word – to describe these fantastic modern lamps.”

Doesn’t every product have a story to tell though…?  Why is this lamp all that and a bag of potato chips?  Well I finally realized  once I started seeing it on the set of big blockbuster Hollywood movies: Tron Legacy, Ironman, and Ironman 2 (probably more I’m unaware of).  Maybe it was Bob’s brief conversation that stuck in my head, or walking past it multiple times a day at work, but I ended up noticing the Arco Lamp placed perfectly (but subtly) in these movie sets.  I won’t ruin the quick “Where’s Waldo” in the photos below by pointing it out.

Both movies had a similar theme of modern, slick, and tech savvyness and needed to portray the spaces as such.  It has great symbolic significance to Ironman (which I’m dying to know if Jon Favreau, the director, used this lamp purposefully for).  The “arc reactor” technology in Ironman is raw energy that Tony Stark was able to harness and turn into the main source of power for his iron suit and to keep him alive.

It really makes me wonder what other movies this star studded lamp is in that I’m unaware of today.  If you know other places or movies where this famous lamp has made an appearance, please feel free to….well…enlighten me.

Posted by: RDIAdmin on April 25, 2012 @ 11:00 am
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