What only the giraffe knows
Sales and distribution of Flos and Flos Architectural in Germany
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The Company strengths
A catalogue filled with iconic lighting that changed the concept of illumination itself
Strong symbolic appeal
Collaboration with the most inventive international designers
Uncanny ability to spot e
Courage to be daring and provocative, yet uphold the fundamental principles of design
Constant dedication to research into innovative materials and technology
A vast selection of high quality, innovative lighting design
ed to fit and enhance any environment, ranging from basic all the way to luxurious
Products and projects carefully designed and developed to provide perfectly balanced lighting for any space
Strong commitment to customer service; time-proven
dedication to study and develop lighting systems to fit the style of any environment, indoor, outdoor, public or private as it may be
The ability to evolve without losing sight of its birthright
Well structured growth, to support ever incre
asing sales, keep abreast of emerging socio-cultural trends in keeping with the original principles of the company
A time-honored, proven reference
Great design and cutting-edge lighting technology that are immediately recognizable
R>The origins of the Company
Flos was founded in 1962 in Merano by Dino Gavina and Cesare Cassina, who wished to produce modern lighting.
To develop new lighting concepts, they enlisted the aid of Achille Castiglioni, Pier Giacomo Castigl
ioni and Tobia Scarpa. One of the first materials they experimented with was cocoon, a very pliable material made in the USA. In 1964 Sergio Gandini joined the company, and the headquarters were moved to a new site near Brescia. The first Flos retail stor
e, designed by the Castiglioni brothers (Achille and Pier Giacomo), opened in Milan in 1968. Pino Tovaglia designed the logo, and Max Huber the catalogues.
Growth and evolution of the Company
In 1971 Flos opened its first subsidia
ry in Germany. In 1974 it purchased Arteluce, a historical brand founded in 1939 by Gino Sarfatti, and opened a new factory in Bovezzo, just outside the city of Brescia.
The collaboration with Achille Castiglioni continued through the '80s, and in 1992
he introduced the "family of products" concept to the market with the Brera series.
At the same time, Flos continued to scout for emerging talent at an international level. In 1988 the Company started collaborating with Philippe Starck. Other talented
designers followed thereafter: Jasper Morrison, Konstatin Grcic, Marc Newson, Antonio Citterio, Marcello Ziliani, Marcel Wanders, Sebastian Wrong, Laurene Leon Boym, Piero Lissoni, Rodolfo Dordoni, Tim Derhaag, Johanna Grawunder, Joris Laarman, Knud Hols
cher, and Patricia Urquiola.
During the '90S the Company expanded its contract-related presence, launching a division focused on turnkey solutions.
Piero Gandini, Sergio's son, has been Flos President and C.E.O. ever since 1999.
The tradition of
collaborating with highly-talented professionals also extends to Flos promotional activities. Its image and advertising campaigns are entrusted to famous international photographers like Jean-Baptiste Mondino.
The architectural sector
R>In 2005 Flos firmly established its presence in the architectural sector by acquiring the majority share (75%) of Antares, a Spanish company specialized in lighting devices. The wedlock between a Spanish manufacturer of mass-retail products and an I
talian producer of high-class interior design lamps led to the creation of Flos Architectural Lighting, which combines cutting-edge engineering with suggestive lighting design. The first Flos Architectural catalogue, made by the GBH team in London, made i
ts debut at the 2006 Light & Building Expo in Frankfurt.
In 2007 Flos inaugurated its first professional space in Milan, on Corso Monforte. The two-level office and showroom space occupies 574 square meters. Its design is characterized by extremely cl
ean lines. On the first floor, gray Diamond stone pavers run along both sides of a suggestive cloister to perfectly highlight its original arcade; a series of large vertical-rising windows in the reception, showroom and meeting room open onto the adjacent
cloister. The basement level houses a relaxation room, and the "electronic heart" of the operation, where one can experiment with all the different types of mood-setting lighting.
In 2008 the corporate policies w
ere defined and compiled in a detailed company manual intended for retailers, further demonstrating the special care the Company bestows upon the identity of the brand.
The quality, performance and safety of the lig
hting products made by the Company are guaranteed by extremely accurate tests conducted in the photometric lab of the company according to the Enec and UL international standards.
The reliability of the company is guaranteed by its being ISO 9001 cert
Aftermarket sales are supported by a constantly updated spare parts catalogue.
What the Company offers
Today Flos is an international organization that offers a complete range of residential, commercial and even custom-m
ade lighting products that can be seamlessly integrated in any office, hotel, or store, together with a specifically designed line of informative materials, among which a corporate manual.
Flos contract division assists architects with the know-how it
acquired over its forty years of experience not only as a manufacturer, but also as a specialty lighting systems designer for a wide-range of challenging environments, such as museums, stores, and theatres.
e showcases items that now rightfully belong to the history of design: forms, lighting techniques, original design concepts invented by Flos, readily acclaimed and adopted by consumers across multi-cultural areas and eras.
Among these: Parentesi by Ac
hille Castiglioni and Pio Manzù; Arco and Taraxacum of Achille and Pier Giacomo Castiglioni; Miss Sissi, Archimoon, the Romeo series and the Ktribe series by Philippe Starck; the Glo-Ball series by Jasper Morrison; Skygarden and Zepplin suspension lights
by Marcel Wanders; the 2097 chandelier by Gino Sarfatti; Ray by Rodolfo Dordoni; Kelvin by Antonio Citterio with Toan Nguyen; Nebula by Joris Laarman.
Five time winner of the Compasso d’Oro Industrial Design award:
>1955 for "Luminator" by Achille and Pier Giacomo Castiglioni
1979 for the "Parentesi" lamp by Achille Castiglioni and Pio Manzù.
1994 for "Drop" by Marc Sadler.
1995 Outstanding Company award.
2001 for "May Day" by Konstantin Grcic
of the IALD-Annual International Lighting Design Awards for the Hotel Intercontinental in Geneva
Among the most recent and prestigious: Palazzo Grassi in Venice, Hotel Intercontinental in Geneva, the City of Amsterda
m archives, the Dongione (a historical landmark tower built in 400) near Alessandria…
Belgium, Holland, France, Germany, Great Britain, Spain, Denmark, Norway, USA, Japan and Singapore
Flos retail stor
es across the globe
Rome, Milan, Paris, Hong Kong, Stockholm and Kuala Lumpur