A very important part of any house is lighting. You can have the best furniture on the market, you can buy all of the chairs, couches, sofas, and tables, but all of that is useless if people can’t see a thing in your house. Mid-century modern lighting introduced a lot of advancements and concepts that nowadays are not only paramount but necessary and prominent to create great living spaces. Another good thing about mid-century modern lighting is that is can be both minimalist and exuberant, there is something for everyone. Let’s take a look at one of the most iconic lighting choices that you can find on the market today and that will do more than just brighten up your home.
Rivers of ink still flow from various home design websites in praise of the beautiful, minimalistic, and heavy Arco Lamp. Created by Italian designers some 60 years ago, it is comprised by a single curved pole sustained by an extremely heavy marble block that takes two people to lift. The Arco Lamp was inspired by a streetlamp and can make any room, no matter how big, entirely brighter. We’ve already talked about it in length and we will probably keep doing it, since it is one of our best-selling items, and has been since we opened Barcelona Designs back in 2005.
Why is the Arco Lamp one of the best-selling Mid-century modern items?
The unbeatable price of the Arco Lamp might be the most appealing feature about it, but that’s not what drives people to buy it. We could attribute its success to its simple and elegant look, easily recognizable to anyone that knows anything about mid-century modernism, or good design in general. Apart from that, we could argue that the Arco Lamp is elegant enough to attract people who don’t know what it is, since the Arco Lamp replica was designed to be visually stunning.
The Eames Lounge chair famously resembles “a well-used first baseman’s mitt,” while the Castiglioni Arco Lamp was modelled after a lone street lamp in Italy. The overall idea behind its construction was that it would be able to lighten up an entire room without being too overwhelming. Both objects contain a certain “feel” within themselves, they give us a certain emotion, and that separates them from other pieces of furniture. Castiglioni designed other famous objects throughout his life, but the Arco lamp remains the most recognizable to this day because of its origin story.
What can you expect to find in the Arco Lamp replica from Barcelona Designs?
The Arco Lamp replica by Barcelona Designs is a great example of a furniture reproduction that stays true to the original design. First and foremost, you’ll find that the base is real Carrara marble, which is quite heavy, as we always point out. Our Arco Lamp replica also has small holes at the top of the head, the same as the original. These holes allow for light for scramble upwards, creating a more comprehensive lighting scheme on whatever room you choose to put it. The arch itself is the same length as the original, long enough for you to set the base of the Arco Lamp replica in a quiet corner of the room and allow for the bulb to sit at the center, illuminating everything around it.
Let’s get back to the price, which is still something that we should discuss before finishing this article. At $549, this reproduction of the Arco Lamp (of which we are extremely proud), is one of the most affordable replicas on the market. Interested customers like yourself might find replicas that cost a lot more than this one, but be careful, many of them are heavily modified versions of the Arco Lamp. We’ve tailored our manufacturing process to make this replica of the Arco Lamp as accessible as possible while still keeping the price at an affordable minimum.