Achille Castiglioni | Further Functions Found

Achille Castiglioni (1918-2002) Architect / Designer

Born in Milan, the epicentre of industrial design, Castiglioni graduated from Architecture in 1944 at the Politecnico di Milano University. The same year, he started a design office in with his brothers, Livio and Pier Giacomo Castiglioni. Their interests lead them to research new forms, techniques and materials, aimed at developing a process of “integral design”. Most of their theories are still taught in Universities and resonate with young designers today.

VIDEO: During the 1989 International Design Conference of Aspen, Achille made a presentation on his affair with lighting design. His enthusiasm and sense of humour is awe-inspiring – he seems to have the energy of a much younger man.

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IDSwest Media Preview | Showing Great Form

On Tuesday evening, the IDSwest team gave a small taste of what we can expect this year, September 29th through October 2nd. The event was held at the site of architect Michael Katz’ L41 Ultra Compact Home, at BCIT on Great Northern Way.

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Marcel Wanders


Marcel Wanders is originally from Boxtel, Holland and graduated from the School of the Arts Arnhem in 1988. Wanders’ fame started with his Knotted Chair, which he produced for Droog in 1996(image right).


He has designed for B&B Italia, Poliform, Moroso, Flos, Boffi, Cappellini, and Moooi, founded in 2000, of which he is also art director and co-owner.


Two of Wanders’ recent interior designs.

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Designer Focus | Konstantin Grcic


Grcic was born in Munich in 1965. He originally intended to become a cabinet maker while studying at Pernham College in England. He later studied design at the Royal College of Art in London where he collaborated with Jasper Morrison. Since then Grcic has designed for such brands as Magis, Vitra, Thomas/Rosenthal, Flos, ClassiCon, Krups, Moroso, Muji, Plank, Driade, and many others.

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Designer Focus | Philippe Starck

Wild man, free spirit, just plain crazy, call him what you will, we think he’s genius!

All of his designs are consistent in their eccentricities, you may chuckle when seeing them for the first time but you will always walk away with a little more respect for Mr. Starck. Often copied, never duplicated, Starck pieces speak volumes of the designer’s lust for life and devout passion for aesthetics and function.

Starck was born in Paris on January 18, 1949. He studied at École Nissim de Camondo and opened his first design firm, specializing in inflatable products, in 1968. Starck’s vast repertoire includes commercial and residential interiors, watches, toothbrushes, electronic devices, lighting, and furniture, to name a few.


Here’s is a small selection of what we retail in way of Philippe Starck designs. Click to view our current selection of Starck products on our online showroom,

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Featured Promotion 2010

Take advantage of further discounts on designer lighting by FLOS.

Above from left to right the Spun Floor lamp  by Sebastian Wrong (in multiple colors and sizes), the Miss K  table lamp by Philippe Starck (part of a wide family of lights), and the modern Nebula chandelier lamp by Joris Laarman.

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Above left the new TAB reading light by Barber & Ogersby. On the right the new ONCE light by Piero Lissoni using the same materials as the older Viscontea and Zepplin.

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Briefly In Store – View the Limited Edition HAA Lamp


This year at the Milan Salone de Mobile, special guests were invited for a viewing of a new collaborative work by Italian lighting company FLOS, French Crystal producer BACCARAT, artist Jenny Holzer, designer Philippe Starck, and electrical designer Moritz Waldemeyer.

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FLOS Task Lighting Promotion – Too Good To Miss!

FLOS is having a promotional sale for task lighting. Some great pieces.

Our new favorite is the TAB Floor lamp by Barber Ogersby. Simply perfect; great size, great angles, and great price. Made even better by the fall discount.

Come in and get one today, plenty to order but limited stock.