Pushing design to the level of art, Achille Castiglioni creates brilliantly imagined objects that illustrate his love of paradox and, at the same time, a thoughtful concern for a formal balance. An example of this is his Taccia Table Lamp (1962), which he created with older brother Pier Giacomo Castiglioni. The design is like an upside down hanging lamp. Covering the top of a deep translucent glass bowl is a concave sheet of spun aluminum in a matte white finish. This sheet acts as a reflecting screen for the bulb which is hidden in the extruded aluminum base. This base is corrugated to better disperse the bulb's heat and effectively prevents glare from the bulb. The translucent glass bowl is not attached to the stand, which allows the user to change the light direction by rotating the bowl. Bulb (included): halogen 75W/120V/Par 30 Medium.
Concave spun aluminum reflector with matte white finish; extruded aluminum base with anodized matte black finish; glass bowl.
H 21.2" Diameter 19.5" Cord L 90" Base Diameter 7.5"
"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 >