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Flos Parentesi vs OK
Demonstrating the evolution of design and technology, the OK Lamp highlights the qualities of the Parentesi in a contemporary form.
The Birth of the Parentesi
The original concept behind the Parentesi was first realised by Pio Manzu in the late 1960s, who wanted to create a flexible light source that could slide from floor-to-ceiling and rotate freely on its axis. Unfortunately, Pio passed away before he could bring his idea to fruition, which had been demonstrated through meticulously-detailed illustrations.
However, this wasn’t the end for Pio’s conceptual masterpiece. Paying homage to his late friend, renowned designer Achille Castiglioni adapted the original idea to bring the Parentesi to life.
The Parentesi gets its name from the sliding parenthesis-shaped support that holds the lamp body in place. This support is free to slide right down to the cast-iron counterweight at the bottom, which barely touches the floor.
The Parentesi for your home
One of the greatest things about the Parentesi Lamp is its undeniable flexibility. Utilising Pio’s original floor-to-ceiling structure from a steel cable of up to 4 metres long, the lamp body can be fixed at any height and at any angle for maximum versatility. This versatility makes the Parentesi the ideal light for task lighting or highlighting darker corners of your home.
The Parentesi is available with either an on/off switch or a dimmer switch, which is perfect for creating different atmospheres in your room depending on your mood.
Design evolution: OK Lamp
The small ceiling rose is the only aspect of the design that remained entirely identical to the original Parentesi, demonstrating the beauty of its simplicity. However, the bulb received a complete design refresh in the form of an ultra-flat LED light source, which Konstantin has described as ‘a sun hanging from a wire’. This advanced light source is dimmable through Soft Touch technology, allowing you to take total control of the ambience in your room.
The cylindrical weight from the Parentesi was also replaced with a contemporary conical weight, which is easier to install and sleeker in appearance.
Which wins for you?
If one thing’s for sure, it’s that both the Parentesi Lamp and OK Lamp have tremendous appeal. Easy to adjust in terms of height, direction and intensity, the light sources of both the Parentesi and the OK Lamp are designed for functionality first and foremost.
To add to their appeal, the Parentesi and OK Lamps both come in a variety of sophisticated colours and finishes, with the Parentesi available in Red, White, Black and Nickel and the OK Lamp available in Black, Yellow, White and Chrome.
When it comes to choosing between the Parentesi and the OK Lamp, it all comes down to taste. With its raw and stripped-back aesthetic, the Parentesi Lamp has an industrial quality that wouldn’t look out of place in a warehouse-inspired interior. It’s also the original design classic, which gives it the desirable quality of being an established design.
On the other hand, the OK Lamp demonstrates the functional qualities of the Parentesi in a contemporary and more advanced form. A streamlined alternative, the OK Lamp offers something a little more discreet in terms of size and appearance.
For us, it has to be…
“For me, it ultimately has to be the Parentesi light for its iconic status. It has enhanced spaces globally since the seventies and is a real gem of a light! The OK is very different in form. For me, it represents a more modern outlook which works for its simplicity, but the Parentesi still gets my vote.”
Christian Hawley, Managing Director
Made your choice? If you’ve made your choice and want to make your purchase, then please visit the Flos OK Lamp or Flos Parentesi Lamp product pages. For further information or help and advice, then please email firstname.lastname@example.org, call 0044 114 243 3000 or get in touch with us via Live Chat.