Monday, November 23, 2009


Renowned industrial designer, Achille Castiglioni (1918-2002) was often inspired by everyday things and made use of ordinary materials like extruded aluminum and stainless steel. The genius of Castiglioni's inventive imagination was in his ability to use the minimal amount of materials while creating forms with a maximum effect. Castiglioni's method, to have "a constant and consistent way of designing, not a style" led him to help create new products to restore Italy's quality of life in the post-war years and to innovate upon the household object. Most of Castilglioni's products are design classics and are still in production under license. The MoMA has his most important designs in its permanent collection, totaling 14 in number. Further to his tribute Castiglioni received 9 “Compasso d’Oro” awards spanning 1955-1984.

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Sanluca for Poltrona Frau (top)
RR126 for Brionvega (2nd)
Mezzadro for Zanotta (3rd)
Arco for Flos (4th)
T95 for De Padova (bottom)

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