Product In Focus: Tatou

The lovely Patricia Urquiola’s latest design for Flos is the Tatou lamp, available in suspension, floor and table versions.

Tatou takes its name from the French word for Armadillo and draws influence from antique Japanese armour. The inspirations behind Urquiola’s Tatou can be seen in its shape – the final design is made up of four methacrylate plates that combine to form the dome of the shade.

The perforated shade of the Tatou and the overlapping plates allows for a harmonic play on light and shadow – the light floods the lamp whilst still being filtered discreetly. Although mass produced, Urquiola wanted the Tatou series to retain strong artisan connotations.

This is evident in the elegantly patterned design and symmetrical shape, as well as the three colour finishes (white, black & ochre-grey).

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