The Deal: Flos designer lights as low as $104
Flos, the Italian lighting firm, is having a sale, marking down merchandise by almost one-third from Thursday to Oct 19. This is the manufacturer of the classic 1962 Arco lamp by Achille and Pier Giacomo Castiglioni -- you know, the one that has a huge, curved, stainless steel telescopic arm rising out of a block of marble. The good news: At least two less expensive designer table lamps will be part of the sale, priced to compare with budget-minded decor chains.
The Lampadina, above left, is a 1972 creation by Achille Castiglioni. The reel-shaped base can be used to gather up excess cord, pleasing not only film folks and lo-fi audio fans but also neat freaks. It comes with a special bulb that is sandblasted on one side to cast diffused light. (Replacement bulbs are available for $30 each, and the lamp does accommodate standard bulbs.) The clever little light also can be wall-mounted as a sconce. Normally $160, it is $104 during the sale.
The innovative Dutch designer Marcel Wanders launched the B.L.O., above right, in 2001. With a plastic base and a polished stainless steel reflector, it's a modern version of an old-fashioned chamber stick.
The resemblance to a candle isn't just physical. The light can be turned on and off by blowing on it. Originally $235, it is marked down to $153.
Flos has produced a slew of designs by Philippe Starck, whose lamps also will be discounted. Among them: Cicatrices de Luxe, a series of chandeliers made of glass vases that sit on glass shelves, and Starck's provocative 2005 trio of bedside, table and floor lamps with cast aluminum bases shaped like real guns and plated in 18-karat gold.
The pistol shaped Gun-Bedside Gun, right, is embossed with the legend "happiness is a hot gun" on the base. It's on sale for $770, reduced from $1,185.
-- David A. Keeps
Photo credits: Flos