FLOS was founded in 1962 in Merano, Italy, with the aim to develop a line of new lighting concepts.
From the very outset, the distinguishing feature of the company has been its approach to lamp design and production in the highest quality. FLOS has always worked with well-known and established designers starting with the Castiglioni brothers and Tobia Scarpa, who were followed by Philippe Starck, Konstantin Grcic, Jasper Morrison, Marc Newson, Antonio Citterio, Patricia Urquiola, Marcel Wanders, to name a few. Collaborations with this international roster of talents have resulted in some of the best-known and commercially successful products in industrial design. It has also resulted in numerous awards and accolades for both the designers and the company. FLOS products are also included in many permanent collections of design and art museums around the world. The tradition of collaborating with highly-talented professionals also extends to Flos promotional activities.
In 1971 Flos opened its first subsidiary in Germany and in 1974 it purchased Arteluce, a historical brand founded in 1939 by Gino Sarfatti, and opened a new factory in Bovezzo, just outside the city of Brescia.
Piero Gandini, the son of the founder Sergio, is at the helm of the company today and under his direction, the company has grown into an international organization that offers a complete range of residential, commercial and even custom-made lighting products. The company’s contract division assists architects with the know-how it has acquired over forty years of experience not only as a manufacturer, but also as a specialty lighting systems designer for a wide-range of environments. With its tireless pursuit of innovation and cutting-edge technology, Flos has firmly established itself as a global leader in lighting design. Its image and advertising campaigns are entrusted to famous international photographers such as Jean-Baptiste Mondino.
Flos remains true to its origins as a company and strives to consistently uphold the following “Flosophy”:
Be THE solution to all lighting needs
Retain identity as a true “Italian Design Factory”
Work with the best designers
Invest in researching innovative materials and technology
Create products with iconic and symbolic appeal
Flos is also a company fully committed to environmental issues, constantly developing products that are least harmful to the environment both in terms of material and in the production methods it employs.