The Arco floor lamp by Achille and Pier Giacomo Castiglioni is ready for its close-up: featured in Hollywood classics including Diamonds are Forever and The Italian Job, the Arco is a design icon that has been in constant production since its debut in 1962 and is now considered a design classic. The famed Castiglioni brothers spared no detail when they created it, from the beveled corners of its genuine Carrera marble base (designed not to hurt should you brush against them) to the strategic hole that allows for easy lifting of the base.
The base supports a spun aluminum reflector via a curved stainless steel adjustable stem, allowing the lamp to offer both direct and indirect light. The height extends to 220 centimeters, allowing for easy placement of a couch or table underneath.
The Castiglioni brothers drew their inspiration for the Arco lamp from something they saw every day: a streetlight. Using commercially available parts, they set out to design a piece that was technically innovative and visually appealing—a lamp that was functional but wouldn’t need to be stepped around. They finished it with a marble base, knowing that the same weight would take up less space, allowing the Arco to live in — not take over — the room it illuminated.