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New interpretation of the Flos Parentesi

Article from 2013-04-30, by Stefan Röllgen

On the Euroluce fair in Milan, Flos ensured surprises: The Italian manufacturer presented a new interpretation of the legendary “Parentesi” lamp of the 70s together with Konstantin Grcic.

Achille Castiglioni and Pio Manzù thought about an opening bracket when they designed the Parentesi, since that’s what its name means in Italian: The lamp is “clipped” at a steel rope between floor and ceiling where it is movable up- and downwards. On the image of the right side you see that the “OK” named reinterpretation of the lamp keeps this principle: The lamp flows down and up at the steel rope with its fixing. This simple and unusual principle makes it possible to adjust the lamp in many different ways.

The big difference to the classic out of the 70s: The new interpretation by Grcic has a different form and modern technique. While the whole shape of the Flos OK lamp is clear, it lights the room with its LED technique: This isn’t only energy saving, but it also enables the ultra-flat construction of the lamp’s body. With its round shape and the slim silhouette it reminds us of a pocket mirror, while it can be directly adjusted as direct light source or as ceiling illuminator.

The round lamp’s body is also responsible for the new name of Konstantin Grcic’s lamp: The “O” stands for the round light source, while the “K” refers to the name of the designer. The name is naturally also inspired by other things: By the new interpretation of the original piece, the shapely new lamp by Flos is also more than “OK” in 2013.

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