SOLD – Gibigiana lamp by Achille Castiglioni for Flos, 1980


What I like

Remembering a magic game from his childhood, in 1980 Achille Castiglioni invented Gibigiana. This lamp owes its name to the popular Lombard term which names the game which consists of deflecting the rays of the sun with a mirror. On this false line, Achille Castiglioni realizes from a specular reflector an unusual lighting system, which provides a concentrated and directional light, ideal for activities that require visual concentration in places with low or no light, without disturbing the other people present.

I like the fact that Castiglione remembered this child’s game to make a lamp with a clean design, whose mobile mirror concentrates the light, for the greatest visual comfort of the reader.

I like the two-tone side of our copy, less sad than the all-black version.

The bird side with the moving head amuses me a lot.

Finally, this lamp is no longer produced, which is an obvious plus for collectors.

Technical description

Gibigiana table lamp by Achille Castiglioni for Flos

Table lamp with reflected and adjustable light: the round base is in black painted steel on which rises a metal shaft with a horseshoe section, smooth and white on the rounded side, ribbed and black. The round black plastic reflector with a mirror-effect surface is movable thanks to a wheel carried by a semi-circle drawing a head at the top of the shaft, and allows a beam of light to be directed.

Publisher’s stamp under the base.

Around 1980.

Very tiny scratches.

Dimensions and weight

Height: 54 cm – Width: 14 cm – Depth: 10,5 cm

Weight: 3 kg

Mix & Match

This Gibigiana lamp has a real character, whose sleek bird design does not alter its initial function, which is to provide precise lighting. Its timeless, original design allows it to confront all eras.

As a result, it will ideally sit on a desk, like our large walnut and chrome desk from the Banque de France dating from the 1960s or that of Jean Louis Berthet, in cedar burl veneer, from the 1980s. But also on a Louis XVI or Empire mahogany desk: our lamp is timeless.

Our two-tone model will also light up the Orsay table by Gae Aulenti, using its white color, or the table by Julien de Covemaeker alias Juliette Belarti.

Of course, its very graphic design will do wonders in front of the hieroglyphics of the diptych of Charles Piquois or even in front of those of our beautiful tapestry by Daniel de Linière. “Summer Wind”.

I lean towards equally graphic armchairs, like our pair of Grass Hopper by Sonja Wasseur.

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To know more

The designer

Achille Castiglioni (1918-2002) is an Italian designer of the 20th century. Achille Castiglioni, like his brother Pier Giacomo, was materially influenced by his father, the sculptor Giovanni Castiglioni.

Achille Castiglioni was born in Milan in 1918. From 1940, he got down to industrial production trials with his brothers Livio (1911-1979) and Pier Giacomo (1913-1968). After graduating in architecture in 1944, he began researching forms, techniques and new materials with the aim of developing an integral creative process.

He was one of the founders of ADI in 1956. In 1969, the Ministry of Education authorized him to teach “artistic design for industry”. He was a professor at the Faculty of Architecture in Turin until 1980, then professor of “industrial design” in Milan until 1993.

From 1950, he worked in the sector of research and experimentation with exhibition layouts (Milan Triennale, Montecatini, Agip and Rai). The MoMA in New York exhibits 14 of his works. Other works can be found at: Victoria and Albert Museum (London), Design Museum Zurich, National Design Museum Munich, Design Museum (Prato), Museum of Decorative Arts (Uneleckoprumyslove Museum) Prague, Museum of Israel (Jerusalem), Denver Art Museum, Vitra Design Museum (Weil am Rhein) and Museum of Applied Arts in Hamburg and Cologne.

Monographic exhibitions were devoted to him between 1984 and 1986 by the Museum of Applied Arts in Vienna, then by the Academy of Fine Arts in Berlin, the Milan Triennale, the Museum of Decorative Arts in Zurich, the Municipal Museum of The Hague, the Circulo de Bellas Artes in Madrid and the Center Georges Pompidou in Paris. Achille Castiglioni has been awarded 9 Compasso d’Oro awards.

He died in 2002.

The editor

From the Latin flos, floris, the flower, the renowned Italian manufacturer was founded with the aim of creating overwhelming lights. Committed to quality craftsmanship and innovative design, Flos has accumulated a thriving and evergreen catalog that includes designs by Michael Anastassiades, Achille Castiglioni and Philippe Starck.

Flos is one of the leading lighting companies with subsidiaries in many countries.

Many examples of these collaborations with the greatest designers are exhibited in museums all over the world.

A beautiful authentic lamp at a fair price

This Gibigiana lamp by Achille Castiglioni has been carefully selected for its aesthetic qualities, its originality and its fair price. Our choice favors above all the acuity of the design, of which the signature of Castiglioni is the guarantor, guarantee of a valorization of your new acquisition in your interior and of an ability to dialogue with your furniture, to agree and to mix to create a unique decoration.

Buying vintage lamps is surely a reasonable investment, so great is the appetite for the 1980s.

Finally, buying vintage lamps preserves the resources of planet earth.

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Weight 3 kg
Dimensions 10,5 × 14 × 54 cm




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Dominique de Paillerets is passionate about objects and art. He likes to combine Design furniture from the 70s and the 18th century, in the spirit Combining refinement and the spirit of the seventies

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