FONDAZIONE ACHILLE CASTIGLIONI
Text & Photo Appeal Magazine/Nicoline Olsen, pr
Delete, delete, delete...
Delete, delete, delete...
We do try to delete our photostream to collect only the best images after visiting Fondazione Castiglioni in Milano during the design week 2018. But it’s difficult especially when you, like us, are in love with creative spaces. The place is a wonderland because it perfectly portrays how a creative mind works. There are small collections of things everywhere in the studio, that has given the designer inspiration. Salad colanders, glasses and prototypes are interfering, while Castiglioni’s finished lamps are everywhere lighting the place up, as the timeless design icons they have become. We are in a messy and fragmented universe that is held together by monochrome tones, that together with books, magazines and the few, simple furnishings characterise the drafting room’s arrangement. It is paradise for nerds, and everything is divided into small universes that, despite no immediate connection, confirm that the talent for putting things together and creating something outstanding, only belong to a few.
It is a systematic world, where drawings and archives are labelled with numbers on tubes, that in addition to their function, which is to store and categorise, becomes an aesthetic experience, like the designs that over time have been created by Achille Castiglioni.
100 years old
This year, the Italian designer and architect Achille Castiglioni would have turned a hundred years old. This is marked by Flos with a collection of some of the architect’s most iconic lamps; Arco, Toio and Lampadina. Two of them are designed in collaboration with the brother Pier Giacomo (1913-1968). Unfortunately, Pier Giacomo passed away in 1968 and Achille carried on alone.
Arco - Achille & Pier Giacomo Castiglioni - 1962
The Castiglioni brothers
Originally they were three brothers. Livio (1911-1979), Pier Giacomo (1913-1968) and little brother Achille (1918-2002). The two oldest brothers worked with industrial design and founded an architecture firm in Milano in 1938. Achille joined his two older brothers in their design practice after graduating in 1944 with a degree in architecture from the Polytechnic University of Milan. In the early years, the Castiglioni studio-derived its primary income from exhibition design, but they also restored buildings destroyed by the war, such as the Palazzo Della Permanente in 1952. Livio left to start his practice in 1952; today, he is best known for his Boalum Lamp for Artemide (1970/71).
in Piazza Castello, 27 is open to the public with advanced booking.