Achille Castiglioni

Milan - february 16, 1918 | december 2, 2002

PORTRAIT OF A MAN

‘play
water
ties
shirt collars
round glasses
telephone
sense of humour
whistling
knowing smile
jumbo graphite pencil’

PORTRAIT OF AN ARCHITECT

‘curiosity
unknown user
team work
self-irony – self-criticism
experience
research
colour
parallelepiped
ability
designer’

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MANUAL SKILL

"...a good design is not born of the ambition to leave a mark, but of the desire to set up a connection, however small, with the unknown person who will use the object…”

 

Real objects have to be designed and, especially, rendered three-dimensionally, and this was a lesson passed down to them from their father, a sculptor.

The Castiglioni brothers wrote very little … deliberately perhaps? In fact they were never given to technical or methodological ramblings, leaving their designs, their objects to speak for them. If one looks at their architectural practice, one sees that, at the beginning of their career, their prototypes were first made in plasticine and then in plaster – the same process their father used for his sculptures.

Their materials changed over time, but their approach remained the same, in fact their manual skills were underpinned by other craftsmen, making up the team that Achille remembers as a crucial element in the development of his career.

This is where his modernity truly lies, “a true designer works as part of a team designing and producing a range of objects that respond to real needs”. 

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Modelli in legno in studio

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Modello, 1958