Good Grief! Flos’s Snoopy Lamp Turns 50
March 10, 2018 - table lamp
While there are many critical (and joyless) exceptions, design is mostly a happy art form. Favored brands like Alessi, Roche Bobois, and Kartell know how to interpose whimsy, color, and wit into their pieces, reminding us that a home doesn’t have to be a sober, punishingly beige place to live and find penance. “I see around me a veteran illness of holding all too seriously,” pronounced Achille Castiglioni, a dear 20th century pattern titan, whose worldly work is zero brief of a pattern upper.
Fittingly, Castiglioni (in partnership with his brother, Pier Giacomo) combined a now-iconic Snoopy list flare for famed Italian lighting association Flos. Unveiled in 1967, Snoopy is a ultimate countenance of happy design, marrying amusement and technique but overcomplicating things. It also happens to be named for a similarity to a coolest and many rebel of all Peanuts characters.
Reintroduced in 2003, Snoopy is cherished for a simplicity; it’s stoical of a thick potion front and black enameled mirror that rests on a frail marble base. To commemorate a 50th anniversary of Snoopy, Flos has denounced a special limited-edition chronicle that harks behind to a strange design, recorded during a Achille Castiglioni Foundation. Instead of a silken black finish top, Flos returned to Castiglioni’s strange matte black for a snout-shaped reflector. All of a other elements are true to a normal model, including a cylindrical white marble bottom with a thick clear potion disc, and a 3 cooling holes that resemble a bowling round grip.
When it initial debuted, Snoopy’s bottom housed an on/off switch and electronic dimmer, a rather high-tech underline during a time. These same functions now occur around a hold sensor dimmer, lending usually adequate 21 st century swagger. Furthering a clarity of exclusivity, usually 1,700 Snoopy Limited Edition Matte Black lamps have been produced, and usually 80 models are accessible for squeeze in a United States. Each one has a holographic tag with sequence series and claim attitude.
The updated pattern is concurrently zealous and timeless, and substantially wouldn’t demeanour out of place beside Bunaco’s likewise uninformed beech timber flue speaker.