Cocoon Suspension Lamp by Achille Castiglioni for Flos

Cocoon Suspension Lamp


Cocoon suspension lamp by A.C. for Flos

The key feature of this iconic hanging lamp by the architect C. is the new material used to make it. The frame is metal covered in Cocoon spray-on plastic.

In the United States, after World War II, a new type of fiberglass-reinforced spray-on plastic coating called Cocoon was invented to protect disarmed warships.

This innovative material was imported to Italy by Arturo Eisenkeil, a small manufacturer from Merano, which used this resin to make lampshades and then put it on the market.

Contains 1 bulb with E14 socket.

In stock


Materials: Cocoon, metal

Color: Ivory, white

Period: 1960s

Manufacturer: Flos

Designer: Achille Castiglioni

Wear: Very good, wear consistent with age and use

Dimensions (inc):

Height: 12.59 total 31.49

Diameter: 15.74

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Achille Castiglioni

Achille Castiglioni (1918-2002) was an ambassador of Italian design in the world and won nine Compassi d’Oro awards. The last award he won in 1979 was for one of my favorites, the Parentesi lamp, designed with Pio Manzù and made by Flos in 1971.

Castiglioni was a professor at the faculty of architecture in Turin and among the most famous designers and architects in the world from the 1950s to the present day. His creations are some of the most coveted pieces among lovers of historical Italian design.

In 1956, he was one of the founders of ADI (Association for Design Industry).

He was talented at combining expressiveness and practicality, designing iconic products that were made by famous brands, including:

-The ultra-famous, iconic Arco lamp by Achille & Pier Giacomo Castiglioni made by Flos in 1962

-The Mezzadro stool by Achille & Pier Giacomo Castiglioni that Zanotta made in 1957

-The ultra-famous Taccia lamp designed in 1958 by the brothers Achille and Piergiacomo Castiglioni and made by Flos.

In 1997 at the MoMA in New York, a retrospective was put on with many pieces by Castiglioni. Other pieces of Castiglioni’s work are found around the world: at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, Kunstgewerbe Museum in Zurich, Staatliches Museum fur Angewandte Kunst in Munich, Museo del Design in Prato, Uneleckoprumyslove Museum in Prague, Israel Museum in Jerusalem, The Denver Art Museum, Vitra Design Museum in Weil am Rhein, and Angewandte Kunst Museum in Hamburg and Cologne.



The Flos brand started in 1959, founded by Dino Gavina (1922-2007) and Cesare Cassina (1909-1979). It gained a reputation in the lighting sector in Italy and then in the world. The company is known for its commitment to experimenting with new materials, shapes, concepts, and innovative designs. Key to its success was the support of the Castiglioni brothers and Tobia Scarpa and their faith in the company.

In the 1970s, Flos acquired Arteluce founded by Gino Sarfatti. In the 1980s, it collaborated with the Philippe Starck brand on two iconic pieces: Ara and Miss Sissi. Its success continues to this day.


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