Achille & Pier Giacomo Castiglioni

Achille & Pier Giacomo Castiglioni

Achille & Pier Giacomo Castiglioni, the renowned Italian designers, are known for their innovative and functional designs of lighting and furniture. Their playful approach often transforms everyday objects into surprising designs. Their timeless aesthetics and technical craftsmanship are praised and continue to exert a lasting influence on the world of design.

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Achille Castiglioni (1918-2002) and Pier Giacomo Castiglioni (1913-1968) were influential Italian designers and architects, born in Milan, Italy. Achille studied architecture at the Polytechnic University of Milan, and Pier Giacomo obtained a degree in civil engineering. In the 1950s, they co-founded a design studio together and became known for their revolutionary approach to industrial and product design.

The Castiglioni brothers were known for their minimalist and functional designs, often using everyday objects and materials to create new functions and forms. They collaborated with various Italian and international manufacturers, designing lighting, furniture, appliances, and accessories.

One of their most famous designs is the Arco lamp, which they created in 1962 for the Italian lighting company Flos. This timeless lamp, with its arched marble base, stainless steel arc, and adjustable shade, is considered an icon in the design world.

In addition to their design talents, the Castiglioni brothers were also dedicated to education. They were professors at the Polytechnic University of Milan, inspiring many students with their creativity and knowledge.

Although Pier Giacomo tragically passed away in 1968, Achille continued to work as a designer until his death in 2002. Their legacy lives on in the world of design, where they are regarded as pioneers and innovators who pushed the boundaries of what is possible with design. Their innovative designs continue to inspire many designers and artists worldwide.