Taccia Table Lamp, 1958
Achille and Pier Castiglioni
Ø (base) 19 cm, Ø (up) 49.5 cm, H 54 cm
Designed by Achille and Pier Giacomo Castiglioni for Flos, the Taccia is a table lamp that provides light by reflecting off its spun aluminum white top.
The lamp’s light source is concealed in the base to prevent direct blinding light.
Taccia is composed of a base in anodised extruded aluminium that in some items is varnished in black. On the base there is a bell-shaped glass cup which has a concave aluminium white varnished disk on its top.
Achille Castiglioni during an interview about Taccia in 1970 said "we regard it as the Mercedes of the lamps, a symbol of success: maybe because it looks like a classic column. Of course we weren't concerned about prestige when we designed it. We intended to obtain a surface which would remain chilly".
This lamp was fine tuned in 1958 and presented the year after in March at the Illinois Institute of Design and the Chicago Institute of Technology. Interested in mass producing it, Flos, was involved in the study for the definitive prototype and began selling it in 1962.