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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Where Arc Floor Lamps Work Best

The sheer size and dramatic scope of arc floor lamps make them impossible to hide. And why would you want to? These contemporary floor arc lamps from Artemide, George Kovacs, Foscarini and other well known design brands deserve to be front and center as your living room lighting. They can also work well in the bedroom or reading nook and can make for the ideal office floor lamp.

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The Katana Floor Lamp from ITRE lighting is a unique arc floor lamp that takes its name and design from Japanese Samurai swords. And when it comes to mid-century modern design, perhaps the only range of lighting fixtures as clearly identifiable as arc floor lamps like the Arco Floor Lamp from Flos would be the line of Poul Henningsen's pendant lights from Louis Poulsen.

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