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o the delight of all design addicts, on the occasion of the fiftieth anniversary of its original design, Flos reintroduces Chiara, the iconic lamp designed by Mario Bellini in 1969. Presented during Milan Design Week, the new version is composed by a tiny family, available in two different styles (a floor lamp and a table lamp) and in several coloured finishes (glossy stainless steel, matt bronze and glossy black). The type of lighting has been additionally updated to an Led light bulb.

A cult object from the 70s, Chiara brilliantly combines its explosive simple design - it was made from a single steel sheet, cut and rolled up in a cylinder - with a charismatic and highly evocative shape: similarly to a nun with a large coronet that diffuses the light. On top of that, Mario Bellini names it Chiara, similarly to the saint of Assisi, founder of the order of the Poor Clares, who embraced Franciscan poverty.

For the architect and designer Mario Bellini, one of the most influential personalities on the creative scene, a great experimenter and intuitive designer (winner of eight Compassi d'Oro awards, 25 of his pieces are part of the permanent collection of the MoMa, he invented the P101 for Olivetti - the first personal computer – the director of Domus '86-'91 and much more), Chiara is the result of research begun in 1968 with paper models, for a lamp with diffused and reflected light and a hidden light bulb.

In the book  “Il design spiegato ai bambini” (Bompiani 2018), (lit. design explained to children), Mario Bellini states: "I don't like lamps that show light bulbs, because they disturb your eyes. So, I've always designed lamps the way I like them. Thinking firstly of how to do the right thing when it gets dark and subsequently of the shape of this light. So, I designed a nun-shaped lamp that makes the light come out of her white hat.”
And again (from the monograph Mario Bellini. Illustrated edition: Furniture, Machines & Objects edited by Enrico Morteo, Phaidon 2015): 
"It all happened like this (…), a few tears here and there and the sheet wrapped around my hand took on, with its three-dimensionality, the image I was looking for. The drawings came later". 
Simple (when you're brilliant)! We are happy that it has rejoined the brand’s catalogue, many wishes to Chiara, on behalf of the lovers of top design.

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