The latest addition to the FLOS catalog is the ″Tatou″ series by Patricia Urquiola. The designer drew inspiration from an antique Samurai (″warrior″ in Japanese) armor and takes its name from the french word for ′armadillo′. The design respresents resistance and strength along with lightness and dynamism.
This fusion of East and West is the first allusion to the lamp′s complexity, Urquiola explains. ″The idea at the beginning was to propose a modular system that worked with overlapping strips to reference the protective shell.″
The strucutre is built from 4 identical pieces that are interwoven to form a dome-like structure of a shade, with extraordinary craftmanship. The lamp diffuses direct light either upwards or downwards. The shade also allows light to pass through the weave, casting an intricate pattern on surrounding surfaces. The ″Tatou″ is available as floor, table or pendant lamps and comes in three finishes: white, black or grey.
For more information: Tatou Series