Parentesi 50 Lamp

Achille Castiglioni and Pio Manzù for FLOS - 1971

To celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Parentesi by Achille Castiglioni and Pio Manzù, Flos releases a new edition in Turquoise. Born out of a 1971 collaboration between Achille Castiglioni and Pio Manzù, the Parentesi was named for the parenthesis symbol—a visual reference to the nickel-plated shaped tube that lives on a floor-to-ceiling steel cable. The steel cable can reach up to 157″, and the tube allows the lamp head to move vertically along the cable to achieve a customized height. The Parentesi provides direct lighting. Inspiration behind the design: “Pio Manzù had the original idea for Parentesi, explains Achille Castiglioni. He thought up a fixed vertical boom and a cylindrical box with a slot for the light, which went up and down: you stopped it with a screw. He replaced the boom with a metal cord that, when bent, creates friction and enables the lamp to be in position without requiring any screws.”


New in the box. One special anniversary edition available in Turquoise. Local delivery or pick up only.

$1051 $630.60


Painted steel tube. Plastic and steel. Fixture head made of injection-molded black elastomer housing a switch. Dimmer integrated. 120W BR-40 Medium Reflector Flood Incandescent bulb is not included but available to order.


4.3" base dia x 22.8" H of light x max 157" H