The Gatto Table Lamps (1962), designed by Achille and Pier Giacomo Castiglioni, were inspired by George Nelson's experiments with metal frame lamp structures. To create the luminous structure, the brothers created a shape out of powder-coated steel that was sprayed with a "cocoon" of plastic polymers and protected with a clear finish. The coating acts as a diffuser, resulting in a sculptural table lamp that delivers a warm, soft glow. Achille Castiglioni often referred to what he called the "principal design component," which could mean a new technology or even a new behavior. The next step was to build upon the component, and this was an area where the Castiglioni brothers truly excelled. Bulb: Incandescent 60W/120V/A19.
White powder-coated steel frame; resin; transparent finish.
H 25" Diameter 34" Cord L 96" Ceiling Plate Diameter 5"
"Start from scratch. Stick to common sense." Achille Castiglioni's designs are often inspired by everyday things and make use of ordinary materials like extruded aluminum and stainless steel. The genius of Castiglioni's inventive imagination is in his ability to use the minimal amount of materials while creating forms with a maximum effect.
Along with other postwar designers like Marco Zanuso and Ettore Sottsass, Castiglioni is a product of the artisan tradition of fine craftsmanship and a familial passion for sensual, expressive forms. With his brothers, designers Livio and Pier Giacomo, Achille helped establish the Milan Trienniale, the Compasso d'Oro awards and the ADI... Read more >