Achille Castiglioni

architect - designer (1918-2002)

Achille Castiglioni was born in Milan in 1918 and since 1940 is dedicated to experimentation on industrial products, along with architect brothers Livio (1911-1979) and Pier Giacomo (1913-1968). With the latter, after graduating in architecture in 1944, gives life to a business project characterized by research on the forms, techniques and materials "new", tending to the realization of a design process "integral".

Castiglioni is one of the founders of ADI, Association for Industrial Design, is featured in numerous editions of the Milan Triennale, until the "new Triennale" 1979, which is among the twelve Italian designers of the "Design Collection".

Acquires special importance of the role played by Achille Castiglioni in creating some of the most brilliant objects of modern design, designed in many different types and with success internationally, with numerous productions, from those for the Triennale of Milan until ' display of the collection at Zanotta "Design Forum" in Linz in 1980.

Its production is documented in the essays on Italian design, in the annals of the Golden Compass Award (often assigned), as well as in the collections of the most important design museums of the world.

Golden Compass Award 1955 (lamp Luminator), 1960 (chair Palini T 12), 1962 (coffee Pythagoras), 1964 (tapster beer Spinamatic), 1967 (headphones for simultaneous translation), 1979 (light brackets), 1979 (Omsa hospital bed), 1984 (Dry cutlery).

In 1980 the archive of the study held with his brother Pier Giacomo was acquired by the Centre for Communication Studies and Archives, University of Parma.

In 1984 opens in Vienna at the Museum für Angewandte Kunst his traveling exhibition, held then at the Hochschule für Bildende Kunste Berlin, Milan Triennale, Arts and Crafts Museum in Zurich, Gemeentemuseum The Hague, Circulo de Bellas Artes Madrid, Centre Georges Pompidou (Beaubourg) in Paris.

In 1986, the Gothenburg Rohsska Konstslöjdmuseet devotes an exhibition of pieces he designed for Zanotta and Flos.

Many of the major works of Achille Castiglioni exist at the MOMA in New York, where it was made in a large retrospective exhibition:
Achille Castiglioni DESIGN!.

In addition to other major American museum galleries displaying his work including: Victoria and Albert Museum in London, Arts and Crafts Museum in Zurich, Staatliches Museum fur Angewandte Kunst of Monaco, the Design Museum in Prato, Uneleckoprumyslove Prague Museum, Israel Museum of Jerusalem, The Denver Art Museum, Vitra Design Museum in Weil am Rhein, Angewandte Kunst Museum in Hamburg and Cologne.

Achille Castiglioni in tandem with his brother Pier Giacomo designed objects of mass production for companies such as Kartell, Zanotta, Flos, Bernini, Siemens, Knoll, Poggi, Lancia, Ideal Standard, Arflex, Alessi.

Design activity and the critical (in the period between 1950 and 1960 conducted by the magazine "Stile Industria") joins the teaching practice: lecturer since 1969, since 1981, Achille Castiglioni was Professor of Design and Furniture Business at the Faculty of Architecture at the Politecnico di Milano.

Among the projects designed by Achille Castiglioni:

Sella, 1957 - Seat - Zanotta
Mezzadro, 1957 - Seat - Zanotta
Sanluca, 1960 - Armchair - Gavina (Then: Knoll, Bernini, Poltrona Frau)
Taraxacum, 1960 - lamp - Heisenkeil (Flos collection)
Viscontea, 1960 - lamp - Heisenkeil (Flos collection)
Gatto e Gatto Piccolo, 1962 - lamps - Heisenkeil (Flos collection)
Sleek, 1962 - Kraft jars and spoons for Alessi
Toio, 1962 - lamp to the ground for Flos
Taccia, 1962 - table lamp for Flos
Arco, 1962 - Ground lamp for Flos
Splüghen Brau, 1964 - suspension lamp for Flos (with P. Castiglioni)
Allunaggio, 1966 - Seat - Zanotta
Snoopy, 1967 - table lamp - Flos (with P. Castiglioni)
Parentesi, 1970 - lamps - Flos
Spirale, 1971 - Ashtray - Alessi
Lampadina, 1972 - table lamp - Flos
Aoy, 1975 - table lamp - Flos
Bibip, 1976 - Floor Lamp - Flos
Cumano, 1977 - three-legged table - Zanotta
Frisbi, 1978-pendant lamp - Flos
Taraxacum88, 1988 - lamp - Flos
Record, 1989 - poloso clock - Alessi
Joy, 1990-Furniture - Zanotta
Brera, 1992 - lamp - Flos
Fruit drainer, 1995 - Alessi
Tavolo 95, 1995 - Table - De Padua
Fucsia, 1996 - hanging lamp - Flos
Bavero, - 1997 for table service - Alessi
Diabolo, 1998 - lamp - Flos