Flos was founded in 1962 when Achille Castiglioni, his brother Pier Giacomo and Tobia Scarpa were enlisted to design modern lighting concepts. Many of the original pieces have become design classics and remain very much part of our collection.
Sergio Gandini joined as CEO in 1964 and then his son, Piero took over the reins in 1999. In this time Flos purchased Arteluce, a historic lighting brand founded by Gino Sarfatti in 1939. Again some of these designs are still current and can be identified in that they have numbers as oppose to names, for example: the 2097 designed by Gino Sarfatti in 1958, and the 265 designed by Poalo Rizzatto in 1973.
Although Flos is a multi-national brand, it is run like a tradition family business, with the emphasis on design, quality and service. Our philosophy is to try and achieve as close to the designers original idea as possible and Piero, who is an absolute perfectionist, will not release anything until he and the designer are completely happy with every aspect of the product.
The passion and enthusiasm for the company and products is something we are very proud of, which (hopefully) also rubs off on the client. We have a great many pieces that have, rightly so, become part of the history of design, and try to help people understand that they are not just buying a light fitting, but a piece of art or sculpture, that they will keep for life!