Achille Castiglioni

Living Studio Milan

The Studio Museum Achille Castiglioni in Milan is well worth a visit. It doesn’t feel like a museum, rather a living studio and you almost feel as though Castiglioni may walk through the door at any moment. The walls are lined with books, the archive room is fascinating and there are working models, drawings, collections of objects, pin boards and the original drawing boards at which they worked.

Achille Castiglioni (1918 – 2002), who originally trained as an architect became one of the city’s most famous industrial designers, and this studio is where he worked and collaborated with, among others, his brother Pier Giacomo.

Amongst many iconic products are the Arco floor lamp, the Record Wristwatch produced by Alessi, and the Taccia lamp first produced by Flos in 1962.

The Studio is funded and run by Foundation Achille Castiglioni and was initiated by his heirs.

Photography by Eloise Fotheringham