CASTIGLIONI, ACHILLE. Paolo Ferrari: ACHILLE CASTIGLIONI [Meister des Design der Gegenwart]. Milan: Electa Editrice, 1984.

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Meister des Design der Gegenwart

Paolo Ferrari

Paolo Ferrari: ACHILLE CASTIGLIONI [Meister des Design der Gegenwart]. Milan: Electa Editrice, 1984. First edition. Text in German. Quarto. Glossy photo illustrated French folded thick wrappers. 240 pp. 335 color and black and white illustrations. Wrappers with minor shelf wear including faint age toning around the fore edges and a slightly creased spine. Interior unmarked and very clean. Out-of-print. A nearly fine copy.

9.25 x 8.75 soft cover book with 240 pages and 335 illustrations in both black-and-white and color. Includes an introduction by Vittorio Gregotti. Book design by Pierluigi Cerri.

  • Interpretationsverführungen: Vittorio Gregotti
  • Achille Castiglioni by Paolo Ferrari
  • Redesign
  • Minimal-Form
  • Readymade
  • Kunstlicht-Element der Innenarchitektur
  • Gegenstände, aus denen Licht entsteht
  • Integrale Projekte
  • Ausdruckskraft von Form & Funktion
  • Die Funktion — welch’ schöne Form!
  • Bequeme Sitzflaächen
  • Verzeichnis der Industrial-Design Projekte
  • Biographische und Bibliographische Angaben

Manufacturers include Abet Laminati, Alessi, BBB Bonacini, Brion Vega, Danese, Driade, Flos, Ideal Standard, Kartell, Marcatré, and Zanotta.

From the website for Flos: Achille Castiglioni was born in Milan in 1918. He graduated from Politecnico di Milano University with a degree in architecture in the late 1930s and, shortly after, set up a design office with his brothers Livio and Pier Giacomo in Milan. There, he dedicated himself to experimenting with industrial products. Achille, along with his brothers, went on to become one of the most renowned industrial designers in post-war Italy. He was one of the founding members of Association for Industrial Design (Associazione per il Disegno Industriale, ADI), established in 1956.

His works are included in permanent collections in museums all around the world, 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 who, by means of 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 which are still in production today.