Achille Castiglioni, ‘Vitral’, 1962, Galeria Sur

About Achille Castiglioni

A premier figure of the Italian design renaissance after World War II, Achille Castiglioni enjoyed a decades-long career that innovatively bridged modern and vernacular design. Castiglioni’s Arco lamp from 1962, an arched, metallic rod emerging from a marble brick into a semi-spherical lamp shade—designed with his brother—is one of his most enduring designs. Influenced by the urban streetlight, the Arco lamp exemplifies Castiglioni’s ability to translate materials and existing ideas into new forms, as well as his tendency to favor function, materials, and the needs of the consumer. “What you need is a constant and consistent way of designing, not a style,” Castiglioni once said.

Italian, 1918-2002

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