Milan, 1918 – 2002. As early as 1940 he devoted himself to experimenting with mass-produced artifacts, with his architect brothers Livio (1911-1979) and Pier Giacomo (1913-1968).
After receiving his degree in architecture in 1944, he and Pier Giacomo initiated their designing career; the poetic was entirely based on novel forms, techniques and "new" materials. The aim was to attain an "integral" design process.
One of the founders of the Industrial Design Association, he has starred in numerous Milan Triennale shows. It culminated in the 1979 "New Triennale" where he was one of the twelve Italians in the Design Collection.
Castiglioni's part in creating some of the cleverest modern design objects has been particularly important. Belonging to a variety of types, they have been a big success internationally. In addition, he has created a host of installations, including those for the Triennale itself and for the exhibition of Zanotta's collection at Linz's 1980 Forum Design.
His production is portrayed in the essays on Italian design and in the records of the Compasso d'Oro (which he has won several times). Also, it can be found in the major design museums.
In 1980 the archives of the practice run by Achille and Pier Giacomo were acquired by the Study Center and Communication Archives at the University of Parma. In 1984 his one-man traveling show opened at the Museum für Angewandte Kunst in Vienna. Later, it played at the Berlin Hochschule für Bildende Künste, Milan's Triennale, the Kunstgewerbe Museum in Zurich, the Hague's Gemeentemuseum, the Madrid Circulo des Bellas Artes and the Centre Georges Pompidou (Beaubourg) in Paris.
In 1986 the Rohsska Konstslöjdmuseet in Göteborg staged an exhibit of his pieces created for Zanotta and Flos.
Achille Castiglioni started to work for Zanotta in 1964.
Achille Castiglioni's creations for Zanotta:
Leonardo work table 1940
Bramante work table (*) 1950
Mezzadro stool 1957
Sella seat (*) 1957
Spluga bar stool (*) 1960
Servi system (*) 1961
Allunaggio stool (*) (°), 1965
Cacciavite coffee table 1965
Castiglia chair (with M. Minale) (^) 1967
Primate kneeling stool 1970
Gustavo trolley 1975
Cumano occasional table (°) 1978
Irma chair 1979
Cena dining table 1979
Rosacamuna chair 1982
Albero flowerpot stand 1984
Imperiale chair 1983
Servomostre display stand (#) 1984
Camilla bench (with G. Pozzi) 1984
Trespolo tripod 1984
Servostop partition system (#) 1984
Servolibro book-stand (#) 1985
Servomanto clothes stand (°°) 1985
Servobar occasional table 1985
Servonotte clothes-stand 1986
Servietto towel-rack 1986
Menù tables 1986
Servobandiera flag-holder (#) 1986
Servotutto object stand 1986
Servento screen (#) 1986
Servino bottle stand 1987
Serviso mirror 1987
Basello stool 1987
Merlino book-stand 1988
Joy rotating shelf unit (°°°) 1989
Isi bedside table 1990
Scalandrino bookcase 1993
(*) With P. G. Castiglioni
^) Gold Medal Mia International Exhibition 1968
#) First Prize 5 Stelle Tecnhotel
Selection Compasso d'Oro 1981 (°),1987 (°°),1991(°°)