Designer : Achille Castiglioni
Achille Castiglioni achille Castiglioni is a prolific 20th century designer. He is known for his humorous and Ready Made inspired furniture. He is still internationally renowned among design enthusiasts today.
He is the creator of more than 150 pieces of furniture, many of which were designed with his two brothers. They worked around a rational approach to function while integrating humour and a minimalist spirit, as in the case of the “Luminator” lamp (1955).
The “RR126” HIFI system (1966), the “Gatto” lamp (1960) and the “Scrittarello” desk (1996) are mythical pieces of design:
Achille Castiglioni was born in Italy in 1918. He graduated in architecture from the Milan Polytechnic in 1944. He joined the studio of his two brothers Livio and Pier Giacomo in Milan. Architectural projects went into crisis after the war, and they began designing furniture for major Italian publishers. However, Livio left the studio in 1952. The collaboration with his brother was to be fruitful but came to an end in 1968, when Pier Giacomo died. Castiglioni then continued his work as a furniture designer. At the same time, he shared his knowledge and skills with students at thePolytechnic of Turin and Milan. Considered one of the most important designers of the 20th century, he received no less than seven Compasso d’Oro awards.