As well as marking the end of the celebrations for the centenary of the birth of the Master at the Achille Castiglioni Foundation, the exhibition also rounds off the three-year cycle of shows devoted to the theme of the Domestic Dimension, explored in a totally original way by the Castiglioni brothers.
As in the two previous shows, the exhibition consists of the philological reconstruction of a room – the Dining Area designed by Achille Castiglioni for the 1984 Italian Furniture exhibition in Tokyo – made possible by the Foundation’s eternally impeccable conservation, and the support of a number of industrial and institutional bodies, including the Salone del Mobile.Milano.
Rather than a large oval table, the ideal shape for guaranteeing each diner an equal position inside the rectangular room, Castiglioni has set out a number of small Cumano tables, each of which becomes a single place-setting, all equal and each equipped with its own Primate chair (the only piece designed years earlier, in 1970); an expressly designed floor lamp that fits into a hole in the table; and an embroidered napkin with plates, glasses and cutlery, all designed by Achille Castiglioni. Against the walls, eight Albero flowerpot stands, interspersed with Noce floor lamps, mark out the backdrop of the room.
In Castiglioni’s own words: “ I wanted to show how objects can be used to suggest a certain type of non-stereotypical behaviour and I tried to do it with manufactured pieces I designed myself.”
Filling the empty central space is a multi-coloured rug made of strips of laminated plastic designed by Aoi Huber.
In addition to the Dining Area itself, the exhibition features a great deal of archive material illustrating Achille Castiglioni’s design philosophy.
Curated by: Beppe Finessi
Display: Marco Marzini
Graphic Design: Italo Lupi
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Achille Castiglioni Foundation, Piazza Castello 27
Guided tours - booked in advance:
from Tuesday till Saturday at 10am, 11am, 12pm
Thursday also at 6.30pm, 7.30pm, 8.30pm
Entrance fees: full admission fee €10; concessionary fee € 7