The winner of nine Compasso d’Oro awards, Achille Castiglioni was born in Milan in 1918 and graduated with a degree in architecture in 1944. After school, he began researching shapes, techniques and new materials, aimed at developing an integral design process. In 1969, he was authorized by the Ministry of Education to teach "Artistic Design for Industry" and was a professor at Turin’́s Faculty of Architecture until 1980 and then professor of "Industrial Design " in Milan until 1993. He designed his height-adjustable Parentesi Lamp with Pio Manzu’ in 1971. Designed to provide direct lighting, the bulb moves vertically up and down the floor-to-ceiling cable to suit the task at hand. Castiglioni’s work is included in the permanent collections of museums worldwide, including MoMA in New York (they have 14 pieces), Victoria and Albert Museum in London and the Vitra Design Museum in Weil am Rhein.
Bulb: 120V 1 x 120W Medium Flood BR40.
This height-adjustable lamp moves vertically up and down a 13-foot floor-to-ceiling cable (may be cut to size) to suit the task at hand.
Fixture head made of injection-molded black elastomer housing a switch; steel cable.
H 157.5" Diameter 4.3" Ceiling Plate Diameter 2.5"
"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 >