Bibip floor lamp (1976). Designed by Achille Castiglioni; manufactured by Flos.
Designed in 1976 by Italian architect and industrial designer Achille Castiglioni, the Bibip floor lamp was inspired by the speedy roadrunner in the American cartoon Road Runner & Wile E. Coyote. Its base, formed out of white-painted curved cast aluminum, holds a blue lacquered metal rod that wears a bulb-hosting shell and a steel ring; a steel screen can be rotated by means of the ring to direct the light towards the ceiling or floor The lamp was manufactured by lighting design house Flos, whose catalogue has been filled with celebrated concept fixtures since its inception in 1962. Abiding by a philosophy of inventiveness and innovation, the company’s collaboration with Castiglioni was one that continued into the early 1990s.