The Achille Castiglioni Studio Museum has been open to the public from January 2006, by means of an agreement between the Castiglioni heirs and Milano’s Triennale. During the guided tour, Irma and Giovanna Castiglioni, wife and daughter of the great designer who died in 2002, take small groups of visitors to the rooms where for years Achille created and developed his designs.
At the same time, Antonella Gornati and Dianella Gobbato, former assistants to Achille Castiglioni for over 20 years, still work on the same premises, cataloguing, compiling archives, and converting designs, models, drawings, photographs and objects into digital format. This material illustrates sixty years’ work by an important personality in the design field.
A room in the Studio Museum is dedicated to prototypes and models, while in another space are drawing boards and various other curiosities.
Visitors will be able to learn more about the techniques used by Achille Castiglioni, with his brothers Livio and Pier Giacomo, from 1940 on. These methods were based both on craft and on a rational application of creativity to design, city planning and architecture. They won Achille Castiglioni many forms of recognition, both in the academic sense (a professorship at the Faculty of Architecture in Turin right up to 1980, and then in Milano up to 1993 as professor of Industrial Design) and in the area of creativity as such.
His works can be seen at the New York MoMa, and in many other important museums, including the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, the Kunstgewerbe Museum in Zurich, the Staatliches Museum fur Angewandte Kunst in Munich, the Museo del Design in Prato, the Uneleckoprumyslove Museum in Prague, the Israel Museum in Jerusalem, the Denver Art Museum, the Vitra Design Museum in Weil am Rhein, and the Angewandte Kunst Museum in Hamburg and Cologne.