Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Wishlist Wednesday: Arco Lamp

The Arco Lamp is by far one of my favorite lighting options. From Apartment Therapy: The Arco design, like the many other designs by the Castiglioni brothers, simply makes sense while also being visually appealing. An overhead light without the hassle of wiring, it was supposedly inspired by a street lamp, one of many instances where Achille Castiglioni looked to mass-produced everyday items as a springboard for reinventing domestic objects. The impressive chunk of Carrera marble that serves as the base is both decorative and essential to the piece’s physical balance, while the hole in the base is so a couple people can carry it using a broom handle (great idea for a relay race?). The generous sweep of its neck makes the Arco practical and versatile, accomplishing so much with an elegant economy of form and material.

You can find more about the history of the Arco Lamp in their detailed article here.  And here are some more lovely pictures gathered from google images.

Since this lamp runs in the xxxx digits, I've been on the hunt for an alternative and CB2's Big Dipper Arc Lamp certainly fits the bill. It has a gorgeous high arc to it, is relatively sturdy (per reviews) and the lampshade instead of the chrome softens the effect.  This would be perfect for the living room.  Or so I'm trying to convince B.  At the end of each month, I peruse our house budget to see what leftover funds we have so I can finally purchase this indulgence.  Sadly, this remains, still an indulgence (as opposed to landscaping supplies and paper towels and oh...gutters) so it is resigned to sit at the top of my wishlist for a while.


  1. Great minds think alike--I've wanted one for ages too! Sometimes the old knockoffs (much nicer than the new ones) turn up in antique malls.

  2. that lamp looks amazing, very chic and space saving.

    *found ur blog thru design*sponge :) *