Toio Matte Black Limited Edition - Floor Lamp by Flos
The 1962 Toio light surprises with its unexpected design. Italian duo Achille and Pier Giacomo Castiglioni had a 300-watt car headlight shipped from the United States, which they joined with parts of a fishing rod to form a functional floor lamp. One of the duo’s experiments with readymade objects, Toio has become a design classic thanks to its surprising material juxtaposition and striking industrial appearance.
The fixture’s form is composed of a nickel-plated brass hexagonal stem that uses fishing rod rings to guide the electrical cord from the bulb to the transformer. A cleat on the base, similar to those found on ships, keeps the cord neatly coiled when the lamp’s height is adjusted.
Inspiration behind the design: The contemporary floor lamp was designed by brothers Achille and Pier Giacomo Castiglioni, who were inspired by a car’s headlight.