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The Taraxacum pendant was created by the Castiglioni brothers for Flos, first produced in 1960. The amazing steel wire structure is covered by a specific resin imitating the texture of a cocoon making the lamp both realistic and oversized. This resin is directly sprayed onto the structure which is left exposed to give an impression of fragility. Spreading a soft and pleasant light, the Taraxacum highlights modern interiors.

The Taraxacum, still innovative, has become a major element in the history of Italian design. The experimental design approach of the Castiglioni brothers is what made them so successful. Attentive to the process of experimentation, the diversion of materials and reinvention, the work of the two Italian designers has seduced art and contemporary design lovers.

Materials internal structure in steel, diffuser in "cocoon" resin, power supply cord 4 m

Light source 1 LED E27, warm light 2700K

Taraxacum 1 – Ø68 x H50 cm

Taraxacum 2 – Ø87 x H64 cm

Achille & Pier Giacomo Castiglioni

Italian architects and designers Achille Castiglioni (1918-2002) and Pier Giacomo Castiglioni (1913-1968) are among the greatest names in modern Italian design. Their father was a notable architect, Giannino Castiglioni, and their brother, Livio Castiglioni, also became an architect and designer. Achille and Pier Giacomo both studied architecture at Politecnico di Milano and then worked there as teachers. Their collaboration has been productive and innovative, and the designs are often radical and humorous.

 Similar to the designers of the first half of the 20th century, the Castiglioni brothers derive the beauty of an object from its function. Purity of lines, simple components, quality of materials, aesthetics intervenes to support the function.