As is proved by the precious historical material found in the archives of Fondazione Achille Castiglioni, in the Castiglioni brothers’ original 1958 design of the Taccia table lamp, the iconic bowl reflector wasn’t made of glass but transparent plastic. This idea was discarded though because the heat emitted by the incandescent light source deformed the plastic material. The prototype was then developed and produced by Flos in 1962, with its famous big blown glass bowl.
Thanks to the use of a cutting-edge LED light source, with very high efficiency and color rendering index, but reduced heat emission, Flos has finally been able to edit a new version of Taccia with a transparent plastic diffuser that is accurately faithful to the original concept. The most advanced injection moulding technologies have helped to achieve a perfect bowl shape, maintaining a uniform surface both inside and out. In addition, the use of laser cutting techniques with unparalleled performance mean that the injection point is now invisible. The transparency and brilliancy of the methacrylate are also guaranteed to last forever thanks to the special properties of the material used, which does not degrade under the effects of UV rays.
The end result of this ‘recovered’ version of Taccia is amazing in terms of its quality and beauty.
1962: Flos commit themselves to completing development work on a final prototype and producing the lamp. The final prototype is made of various parts including: an aluminum reflector, with a matt white lacquered outer and a polished white inner surface, a supporting bowl in transparent glass, resistant to high temperature.
2010: Flos studies the possibility of replacing the traditional light source, an incandescent bulb, with a new remote phosphor LED source, and introduces Taccia LED. This is one of the first successful cases of upgrading the technology of a historical, iconic piece of lighting design.
2016: Flos tests the use of PMMA (poly methyl methacrylate) to produce the bowl. Thanks to the use of a low heath emitting COB LED source and innovative plastic manufacturing technology, the bowl now retains its shape perfectly. The new version of Taccia, faithful to the original 1958 prototype, is introduced during the 55thSalone del Mobile in Milan.
Materials & Finishes
Diffuser - Transparent mouth-blown glass
Reflector - Painted aluminium, gloss white on the outside and matt white on the inside
Body - Nickel plated metal in matt black, anodized silver or anodized bronze
Overall size - Ø 37.3 x H 48.5 cm
Base - Ø 14.2 x H 19.8 cm
1 x COB LED (MAX 16W)
Not all Flos Lighting is available to buy online. However, the full range can be ordered via our London-based showroom where we have an array of Flos Lighting on display. Please contact our design team on 020 8421 1779 if you require further information or to discuss the Chaplins Price Promise.
Year of design
2016 (Original 1958)