Flos OK: Modern interpretation of a classic
The Flos OK lamp surprises: Together with Konstantin Grcic, the Italian manufacturer is reinterpreting the legendaryParentesi lamp from the 1970s.
At that time Achille Castiglioni and Pio Manzù thought of a clip when designing their Parentesi, because that means their name in Italian: The lamp "clamps" on the steel cable that is attached between the floor and ceiling and can be moved up and down there. This principle is retained when the OK is reinterpreted: As with its prototype, the Flos OK glides up and down with its attachment to the steel cable. Due to this simple and at the same time unusual principle, the adjustment range is completely unrestricted.
The big difference to the classic from the 70s: With Grcic's new edition, form and technology are from today.”Nowadays the design of a lamp is not limited to the object that surrounds the light source: it means to design the light source itself", says Grcic. Therefore the German designer had a lot to choose from greater freedom than Castiglioni and Manzù in the 1970s.
While the entire lines of the Flos OK lamp are now very clear, they illuminate the room with LED technology: this is not only energy-saving, but also enables the ultra-flat design of the lamp. With its round shape and slim silhouette, it is reminiscent of a pocket mirror, while depending on the setting, it can be used as a direct light source or as a floodlight. With its dimmability via soft-touch switch and warm white light (2700 K), the Flos OK creates a cozy atmosphere in the room.
It is also the round luminous element that contributes to the new name of Konstantin Grcic's lamp: the "O" stands for the round light source, while the "K" alludes to the first name of its designer. The name can of course also be interpreted differently: thanks to the realignment of the original, the Flos lamp is more thanOK 2013 as well.