Ara Table Lamps by Philippe Starck for Flos, 1988Flos
Stylish pair of Ara table lamps designed by Philippe Starck and produced by Flos, Italy, 1988. The lamps are in great working condition. If you tilt the upper part of the lamp up, the light will go off. If you tilt it downwards, the light will go on. The glass of both lamps has been replaced with the original Flos parts. In one of the lamps the electronic switch on switch off mechanism has been replaced with an original Flos part. They come with their original transformers. These mirror polished-chrome plated steel table lamps have a die-cast head of Zamac metal alloy, with glass defuser, supported by a angled steel pole attached to a weighted chrome plated base. Original manufactures labels.
The lamps will be shipped insured overseas in a custom made wooden crate. Cost of transport is crate included.
Starck was born on 18 January 1949 in Paris. He is the son of Andre Starck, who was an aeronautics engineer. He says that his father often inspired him because he was an engineer, who made invention a "duty". His family was originally from and lived in the Alsace region, before his grandfather moved to Paris. He studied at the École Camondo in Paris.From restaurants to hotels, furniture to space modules, Starck has put his ingenious stamp on more than 10,000 designs. While working for Adidas, Starck set up his first industrial design company, Starck Product, which he later renamed Ubik after Philip K. Dick's novel, and began working with manufacturers in Italy (Driade), Alessi, Kartell, and internationally, including Drimmer in Austria, Vitra in Switzerland and Disform in Spain. In 1983, then-French President François Mitterrand, on the recommendation of his Minister of Culture, Jack Lang, chose Starck to refurbish the president's private apartments at the Élysée. The following year he designed the Café Costes. Starck's output expanded to include furniture, decoration, architecture, street furniture, industry (wind turbines, photo booths), bathroom fittings, kitchens, floor, and wall coverings, lighting, domestic appliances, office equipment such as staplers, utensils, tableware, clothing, accessories, toys, glassware, graphic design and publishing, food, and vehicles for land, sea, air and space.