Achille Castiglioni (1918-2002)

Castiglioni was a professor at the faculty of architecture in Turin and among the most famous designers and architects in the world from the 1950s to the present day. His creations are some of the most coveted pieces among lovers of historical Italian design.

In 1956, he was one of the founders of ADI (Association for Design Industry).

He was talented at combining expressiveness and practicality, designing iconic products that were made by famous brands, including:

-The ultra-famous, iconic Arco lamp by Achille & Pier Giacomo Castiglioni made by Flos in 1962

-The Mezzadro stool by Achille & Pier Giacomo Castiglioni that Zanotta made in 1957

– Taccia, the ultra-famous lamp, designed in 1958 by the brothers Achille and Piergiacomo Castiglioni and made by Flos.

The last award he won in 1979 was for one of my favorites, the Parentesi lamp, designed with Pio Manzù and made by Flos in 1971.

In 1997 at the MoMA in New York, a retrospective was put on with many pieces by Castiglioni. Other pieces of Castiglioni’s work are found around the world: at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, Kunstgewerbe Museum in Zurich, Staatliches Museum fur Angewandte Kunst in Munich, Museo del Design in Prato, Uneleckoprumyslove Museum in Prague, Israel Museum in Jerusalem, The Denver Art Museum, Vitra Design Museum in Weil am Rhein, and Angewandte Kunst Museum in Hamburg and Cologne.