Beppe Finessi will take visitors to the Foundation round the exhibition. It provides an opportunity to bring out rare and original archive material that will help visitors get to grips with the environmental characteristics and design philosophy of the two brothers, Achille and Pier Giacomo.

Places must be booked by telephone: 02 8053606

Meet at 27 Piazza Castello, 6.30pm

A dialogue in several voices telling personal stories that interweave with the professional stories of some of the acknowledged protagonists of women’s design, who have helped write the most significant chapters in Italian design over the last few decades. Those appearing on stage include Giovanna Castiglioni and Rossana Orlandi, Paola Jannelli, Adele Cassina, Francesca Molteni and Dorit Sapper.

Microsoft House, 21 Viale Pasubio, 6.30pm


On the occasion of San Francisco Design Week organized from 14 to 22 June, it will be presented for the first time in US “VIVERE ALLA CASTIGLIONI”  an exhibition-performance homage to  Castiglioni brothers undisputed Italian masters of twentieth-century design.  Their objects—still manufactured today and part of many museum collections—stand as clear examples of functionality achieved on both a rational and an emotional level.  

The Italian Cultural Institute and the Consulate General of Italy of San Francisco are the patrons  of this exhibition organized by the Fondazione Achille Castiglioni of Milan, Italy, and curated by San Francisco-based Italian architect Valentina Anania, focusing on the contribution of Italian design to contemporary culture.

Achille’s daughter and son, Giovanna and Carlo Castiglioni, will visit San Francisco during San Francisco Design Week as representatives of the Fondazione Achille Castiglioni.

The Inhabited House, a philological reconstruction of the exhibition of the same name held in 1965 at Palazzo Strozzi in Florence.

Part of the Domestic Dimension trilogy of installations designed and produced by Achille Castiglioni (the first two in partnership with his brother Pier Giacomo), The Inhabited House showcases the Room Prepared for Lunch which, along with original designs and photographs conserved in the Foundation’s archives, gives visitors a chance to relive the Castiglioni brothers’ original exhibit.

Display: Marco Marzini
Curator: Beppe Finessi
Graphics: Italo Lupi

Booking essential: Tel. 02.8053606 /

Guided tours - booked in advance
from Tuesday till Friday at  10am, 11am, 12pm
Thursday guided tours at 6.30pm, 7.30pm, 8.30pm
On Saturday visits are available for 15 persons minimum