On December 14 2011, The Achille Castiglioni Foundation was born to protect and safeguard the world that centered on Achille Castiglioni and more than 6 decades of his professional career. He originally worked in partnership with his brother, Pier Giacomo; from 1968, he continued his design mission on his own. Today, studio Castiglioni is a creative
workshop where memories of the past provide the lifeblood of the daily activities organized to safeguard and promote Achille Castiglioni's cultural legacy and his design method. The story of the projects unfolds in the very place they were invented through exhibitions, meetings, presentations, workshops, events. Guided tours of Achille Castiglioni's studio allow visitors to enter his world immortalized with designs, images, technical drawings, historical documents, original sketches, anonymous objects. During the visit, four rooms of the studio are shown around: the room where the models and the prototypes are kept, the room used for the drafting machines and a few curiosities, the place where we can see anonymous or daily objects that Achille Castiglioni had collected during his lifetime and that he brought with him during the ...
FONDAZIONE ACHILLE CASTIGLIONI
(The research for the right shape is essential; it is a concentrate of function to resolve an everyday problem)
A trip to discover the hard copy versions and the prototypes of Gibigiana, a light fitting for Flos
One of the countless cardboard boxes
stored in the Foundation revealed the
prototypes of Gibigiana and the evidence
demonstrating the ongoing evolutionary
design pathway of Achille Castiglioni,
“the design is nothing more that a
momentary pause, research is everything
in its totality...” The research for
the right shape is essential; it is a
concentrate of function to resolve an
everyday problem. Achille wished to
analyze ‘a behavioral episode of two
people who live in the same environment;
they may even share the same bed with
one reading and the other sleeping”.
This led to the development of...
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