Achille Castiglioni was born in Milan in 1918. He graduated from Politecnico di Milano University with a degree in architecture in the late 1930s. Shortly after, he set up a design office with his brothers Livio and Pier Giacomo in Milan.
There, he dedicated himself to experimenting with industrial products. Achille and his brothers became one of the most renowned industrial designers in post-war Italy. He was one of the founding members of the Association for Industrial Design (Associazione per il Disegno Industriale, ADI), established in 1956.
His works are included in permanent collections in museums worldwide, including 14 pieces at the Museum of Modern Art in New York.
The designer has won nine “Compasso d′Oro” awards, including a special mention as an individual dedicated to industrial design, which, using his incomparable experience, “elevated industrial design to the highest levels of culture” in 1989.
In his lifetime, he designed and collaborated on close to 150 objects. Many of Achille Castiglioni’s lighting products are still in production today.
FLOS favorites by Achille Castiglioni: AOY, Arco, Gatto, Lampadina, Snoopy, Taccia, Toio, Viscontea, Stylos and Ventosa.
Splügen Bräu Suspension Lamp, designed by Achille & Pier Giacomo Castiglioni, is a suspension fixture shaped like a beehive giving sweet and emphatically persuasive vibes. It is yet another example of design inspiration from everyday objects and nicely blends to form a lamp. It providing direct lighting. The body is polished and protected with transparent paint, spun aluminum reflector enables it to provide clean and direct light. The Steel ceiling fitting, vacuum-formed ABS rose with gloss white finish. Splügen Bräu can be a perfect match for dining or coffee tables.
Taccia Small Table Lamp, designed by Achille & Pier Giacomo Castiglioni, is a table lamp that gives the illusion of an upside-down hanging lamp providing indirect and reflected light. It is the iconic Taccia designed in the early 1960s has a curved molded aluminum reflector with a matte white finish and gloss white on the inside. The diffuser is made of transparent blown glass, and its light can be adjusted manually by moving the blown glass diffuser as needed. The body is made of extruded aluminum that has been naturally anodized. This designer table lamp’s base is made of extruded aluminum and is in a natural sandblasted bronze color finish.
Arco Floor Lamp, designed by Achille & Pier Giacomo Castiglioni, is a floor lamp that provides direct light. It is an iconic lamp featured in Hollywood movies such as Diamonds Are Forever and The Italian Job. Its modern-looking design was originally designed in the early 1960s and till date in production. From the curved edges of its genuine white Carrera marble base to the strategic hole that enables simple lifting of the lamp base, the renowned Castiglioni brothers spared no detail when creating it. The lamp is pressed, polished and zapon-varnished aluminum swiveling with a height-adjustable reflector. A spun aluminum reflector is supported by the base via a curved stainless steel adjustable stem, allowing the lamp to provide direct and indirect light.
Taccia Small Table Lamp, designed by Achille & Pier Giacomo Castiglioni, is a table lamp that gives the illusion of an upside-down hanging lamp providing indirect and reflected light. It's a smaller version of the original Taccia lamp introduced in the early 1960s. It has a gloss white on the inside and matte white on the outside painted aluminum reflector. The diffuser is made of transparent blown glass and its light can be adjusted manually by moving the blown glass diffuser as needed.The body is made of extruded aluminum that has been naturally anodized.
Aoy Table Lamp, designed by Achille Castiglioni, is a clear glass cylindrical lamp body to provide diffused light. The white opaline glass diffuses the lamplight, and the reflector cast an artistic shadow on the surface.
Snoopy Table Lamp, designed by Achille & Pier Giacomo Castiglioni, is a classic lamp initially designed and developed in the late 1960s and reintroduced in the early 2000s with modern tech. The lamp's shape is evident in the marble Snoopy design, named for the famous cartoon character and featuring a unique, light-hearted shape. This table lamp provides direct light through a thick glass disk with black color enameled metal reflector perfectly balanced on a white Carrara's marble base in a slightly tilted shape. The design inspiration came from a sweet-natured character by Charles M. Schulz.