Achille Castiglioni's studio is brimming with drawings, models and prototypes created by the prolific designer during his illustrious 40-year design period. Don't miss it.
Look carefully as all around, a design icon can be found in an anonymous object, and personal notes and postcards from some of the worlds leading design luminaries are still stuck on the wall.
The studio, is run by Achille's daighter Giovanna; Achille’s wife, Irma; and colleagues Dianella Gobbato and Antonella Gornati (both of whom worked with Achille in the 80s)
Among the design treasures at Studio Museum Achille Castiglioni are some of the pieces Achille and his brother Pier Giacomo Castiglioni are renowned for: Arco Floor Lamp (1962), Luminator floor lamp (1955), RR126 Stereo Hi-Fi (1965) and the ingenious Mezzadro stool – a tractor-like seat designed in 1957 that explores Marcel Duchamp’s concept of the ‘ready-made’.
“Some of their designs were quite inexpensive. They designed an electric switch which is easy to find in most hardware stores for around one Euro,” says Giovanna. “This democratic object wasn’t signed by them and in silence it arrived in thousands of homes,” she adds.
Piazza Castello, 27,