Thursday, September 19, 2013

Crushing on the Arco Floor Lamp

I have been MIA for a while. That's what happens when one's volunteer job is suddenly taking up 80 hours a week. Last week I completed a big project, so this week I'm finally able to breathe, which is good because I think I was on the verge of meltdown.

My house has been a total wreck for weeks now and we even had to meet some friends at a local shopping area parking lot to carpool to a flea market last weekend rather than having them come here, because I was mortified by the sticky floors and dust and dishes piled all over the kitchen and stuff everywhere. This couple had never been to the house before, and I was not about to show it in that state!

This week is de-gunk the house week, but I'm taking a little break to talk about my crush on the iconic Arco floor lamp. It was created in 1962 by Italian brothers Achille and Pier Giacomo Castiglioni. One thing I love about mid-century design is that form follows function. The Arco has a long arm so that it can provide overhead light, without having to be suspended from the ceiling. The heavy marble base has a hole through it so that a broom handle could be slipped in so that two people could move the lamp together. There holes at the top of the dome add to the look, but they were created for ventilation. Simple, sleek, timeless design.

You're familiar with this lovely specimen, right? If not, I'm not sure if we can be friends. Just kidding. I've admired the Arco for a long time, but it's on my mind right now because I think it would be perfect for my living room. In the view below, I would switch out the white lamp (which I'm not crazy about) and side table for the Arco.

Friends, the real Arco by Flos costs $2,950. It's an investment piece and it would never go out of style, but  I would have to settle for a knock-off, because that price tag is way too rich for my blood. Retailers, if you would like me to "review" the Arco Floor Lamp, just let me know.

Just look at how many different types of spaces are elevated by the use of the Arco. Swoon.

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Are you on the Arco floor lamp train with me? I feel like it would totally swankify my living room, which is in need of some swankiness right now.

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