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”.