Blogger Greg Allen attempts to explain why so many Manhattan apartments are possessed by The Lamp (which he identifies as Achille Castiglioni's ARCO lamp):
One possible reason: they're freakin' heavy. I had a chance to get one from a b-school friend's apartment (where, according to the landlady, it had been abandoned many tenants before), but the solid marble block base was too unwieldy to carry down three flights of stairs. I'm sure it's still there.For those on the outside looking in, Greg adds this handy tip: "if you're the guy in the apartment without The Lamp, a vintage 60's version can be found on ebay or wherever for around $1,000-1,500, about half the cost of a shiny new one." And, by gum, he's right!
· Curbed: 'Fear The Lamp' [greg.org]
· Vintage Arco Lamp by Castiglioni * Eames Ponti [eBay]
· FLOS ARCO Arc lamp,floor light,design,New,instead 1690$" [eBay]