Architects, designers, brothers. The Castiglioni's enduring contribution to the Italian design canon is almost unparalleled. Achille Castiglioni (1918-2002) and Pier Giacomo Castiglioni (1913-1968), along with Livio (1911-1979) were the sons of a prominent Milanese sculptor, Giannino Castiglioni.
In 1938, Pier Giacomo and Livio founded their architecture practice Studio Castiglioni alongside Luigi Caccia Dominioni, designing buildings, interiors and design objects. They were joined in 1944 by their younger brother Achille, and in the post war years the company specialised in exhibition design and restoring buildings damaged during the Second World War. In 1953 Livio left to found his own practice, but Achille and Pier Giacomo decided to continue to work together.
The 1950's and 60's were a period of intense creativity in modern Italian design and the duo were at the heart of this cultural renaissance, working with emerging and established Italian design brands such as Flos, Cassina and Zanotta. Notable pieces from the era include the Mezzadro Stool and the Arco Floor Lamp.
The brothers worked closely with each other until sadly, Pier Giacomo passed away in 1968. After his death, Achille continued to be a prolific designer, creating yet more legendary designs both as solo and in collaboration with others.
Achille & Pier Giacomo Castiglioni's Wire Bookcase, made by Karakter, embodies their design philosophy - stripping down to the core and eliminating the superfluous.
The Gatto table lamp uses a unique technique called Cocooning, originally designed by the US Military and adopted by designers Achille & Piercomo Castiglioni in several of their most revered mid-century designs.
Flos' Taccia Lamp designed in 1958 by Achille and Piercomo Castiglioni nods to classical architecture with it's central fluted column.
Oft imitated but never surpassed, Achille & Pier Giacomo Castiglioni's Arco Floor Lamp is a Flos classic, inspired by street lights and balanced by a white carrara marble base.
The Teraxacum Pendant Light is a mid century Italian design classic devised by Achille & Pier Giacomo Castiglioni for Flos. It uses the 'cocoon' technique first developed by the US Military during WWII to create the famous spun resin shape.
Flos' Snoopy table lamp was designed in 1967 by Achille & Pier Giacomo Castiglioni and was inspired by the classic cartoon character of the same name
The Mezzadro Stool uses parts ordinarily confined to farm machinery in this iconic example of Italian design