Achille & Pier Giacomo Castiglioni

Designer Achille Pier Giancomo Castiglioni

"I want to remind [you of] the close collaboration between me and my brother Pier Giacomo, because until 1968 our work was in symbiosis: two bodies with one head.” - Achille Castiglioni

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.

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