Achille E Pier Giacomo Castiglioni
Hats off to Achille, Pier Giacomo and Livio Castiglioni, the world’s most celebrated Milanese design family. Born between 1911 and 1918, the brothers opened an architecture, urban planning and industrial design studio together in 1940 after graduating from the Polytechnic University of Milan. Livio would go on to leave the project in 1968 to concentrate his talent on design, the fruits of which we all know well. But the projects Achille and Pier Giacomo created together have left a great legacy: they include some of the most famous lamps in the history of design–the unrivalled and iconic Arco–and fun chairs with unmistakable style, like the Mezzadro stool. Key players on the international cultural stage, exhibiting in the most important museums and winning numerous prizes including a total of fourteen Compasso d'Oro, the Associazione per il Disegno Industriale award they contributed to establish, the Castiglioni brothers represent a pinnacle in the history of Italian and global design.