Throughout his career, Achille Castiglioni produced a staggering array of masterpieces, ranging from key designs such as the famous Arco lamp to his extraordinary “ready-made” series — unique pieces born as combinations of pre-existing objects. It is these “ready-made” objects that define Castiglioni’s extraordinary creative stance, void of the need to invent new forms, where it is enough to assemble objects in a way never thought of before to create true masterpieces.
The ideas with the most dazzling immediacy and complexity — sleights of mind that, despite the evident presence of the object, leave you dumbfounded by the surprising beauty and functionality of the result — are born precisely from these anonymous objects that Castiglioni eagerly collected, pieced together with brilliant wit and almost clownish irony.
All Castiglioni needed to do was attach a bicycle seat to a rod and a semi-spherical base to create Sella, a stool on which to comfortably rock back and forth while using the phone. Or, to combine a tractor seat and crossbow, originally used to absorb heavy off-road movement, to produce Mezzadro and offer the most comfortable yet active seated position possible. Or, to simply disconnect a car headlight to create Toio, one of the most beautiful and classic lamps of all time.