A 300-watt car headlamp was the inspiration behind Toio (1962), designed by Achille Castiglioni and Pier Giacomo Castiglioni. The Toio was part of the brothers ready-made objects series, and included the use of parts of a fishing pole in addition to the headlamp imported from the U.S. Placed along the lamp's nickel-plated brass hexagonal stem are fishing rod rings used to guide the electrical cord from bulb to transformer. This transformer acts as ballast by being located at the base of the height-adjustable stem (the bulb is not tilt adjustable). A cleat on the base is provided to keep the cord neatly coiled when the lamp is adjusted to a lower height. Toio is part of the permanent collection at MoMA in New York. Bulb (included): incandescent 300W/120V/Par56/MFL. Made in Italy.
Enamel steel base; nickel-plated height adjustable brass stem; telescopic head; on/off switch on black cord.
"Start from scratch. Stick to common sense." Achille Castiglioni's designs are often inspired by everyday things and make use of ordinary materials like extruded aluminum and stainless steel. The genius of Castiglioni's inventive imagination is in his ability to use the minimal amount of materials while creating forms with a maximum effect.
Along with other postwar designers like Marco Zanuso and Ettore Sottsass, Castiglioni is a product of the artisan tradition of fine craftsmanship and a familial passion for sensual, expressive forms. With his brothers, designers Livio and Pier Giacomo, Achille helped establish the Milan Trienniale, the Compasso d'Oro awards and the ADI... Read more >