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about Achille Castiglioni

ACHILLE CASTIGLIONI (1918 – 2002)

Achille Castiglioni was born in Milan on February 16, 1918. He was the youngest of the three Castiglioni brothers and, like the two others, studied architecture at the Polytechnic University in Milan where he graduated successfully in 1944. The same year Achille Castiglioni became a partner in the office of his older brothers Livio and Pier Giacomo.  

Especially the cooperation with his brother Pier Giacomo lasted for many years and was very successful. Together with Pier Giacomo, Achille Castiglioni designed the so-called “Ready-made-Designs“ which were displayed at the Olmo mansion in 1957:  the designs including existing products were fascinating. The most famous ones are the stool “Mezzadro“ with a tractor seat and the telephone stool “Sella“ with a bicycle saddle.

Later Achille Castiglioni and his brother designed a lot of very successful lamps. The designs were made by the Castiglioni office especially for the company “Flos” but also for “Arredoluce” and “Artemide”.  So over the years countless varying lamps were made. The most successful ones were designed for the company “Flos“: “Taraxacum“ (1960), “Spülgen Bräu“ (1961) and “Arco“ (1962), which were however followed by many many more.



Achille Castiglioni´s brother Pier Giacomo died in 1968. After that Achille managed the office on his own. The table lamp “Gibigiana“ from 1980 is definitely one of the most famous Achille Castiglioni designs from the time after his brother’s death.  

The furniture designs of Achille Castiglioni are dominated by a high level of creativity and clarity, too. In this field Castiglioni also continually worked with existing products which he integrated in his designs: bicycle saddles, car headlights or ladder rungs.

Today the design works of Castiglioni are for example displayed at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. Even today, Achille Castiglioni, like his two brothers, belongs to the most formative and successful Italian designers.

Achille Castiglioni died in Milan on St. Nicholas Day in 2002.