Arc Floor Lamps

The arcing floor lamp is an icon of modern design, specifically mid-century modern design. The first of these modern floor lamps was the Arco Floor Lamp, designed in 1962 by Achille and Pier Giacomo Castiglioni. The design then is the same design used in variations today: a heavy base (usually marble) out of which a slim stem arcs grandly across a space, terminating in a large shade (often a dome of metal that matches the stem). It is a simple structure, but dramatic in its sweep; that arc often extends several feet. It is all-in-all an impressive feat of architectural engineering.

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