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Achille Castiglioni Chairs

Italian, 1918-2002

Milanese designer and architect Achille Castiglioni sought to inject personality into all of his work, and found deep inspiration in everyday objects. A legend of Italian mid-century modernism, he created iconic, universally loved table lamps, chairs and other lighting and furniture with his likeminded brothers during the postwar years. 

There was the Snoopy lamp, which brings to mind the unmistakable Peanuts character, while the shape of a common street lamp inspired the design behind the Arco floor lamp. Elsewhere, the Toio floor lamp — a provocative fixture in any living room — was made with automotive parts as well as run-of-the-mill recreational gear. 

Castiglioni studied the classics at Liceo Classico Giuseppe Parini, art at the Accademia di Belle Arti di Brera and finally architecture and design at the Polytechnic University of Milan. After graduating in 1944, Castiglioni began working with his brothers Pier Giacomo and Livio at the studio they cofounded with classmate Luigi Caccia Dominioni.

Livio left to pursue lighting design and sound technology, leaving Achille and Pier Giacomo to continue to collaborate on various projects. One such design was the iconic Taraxacum hanging lamp for FLOS which featured a resin “cocoon” created with sprayed plastic polymers that protects its steel core and allows for the diffusion of light.

Castiglioni won Italy’s highest award for industrial design — the Compasso d’Oro — seven times, and the Museum of Modern Art was home to his first individual retrospective in the United States. Castiglioni later taught at the Polytechnic University of Turin and at Polytechnic in Milan.

Castiglioni’s designs remain timeless. Some of them can be found in Tokyo’s Living Design Center Ozone, the Triennale di Milano and the Hangaram Art Museum at the Seoul Arts Center.

Find vintage Achille Castiglioni lighting, seating, tables and other furniture on 1stDibs.

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Creator: Achille Castiglioni
Italian folding chair, black wood, Achille and Pier Giacomo Castiglioni 1960s
By Achille & Pier Giacomo Castiglioni, Pier Giacomo Castiglioni, Achille Castiglioni
Located in MIlano, IT
Tric model folding chair, made entirely of wood painted in black, with a rounded seat and back. The legs are rectangular in cross-section. Produced c. 1960 and designed by Achille an...
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Pair of Blue Castiglietta Dining Chairs by Castiglioni for Zanotta, Italy 1960s
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Lovely pair of stackable Castiglietta Chairs in blue fabric. These iconic chairs were designed by Achille Castglioni and produced by Zanotta in Ita...
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Pair of "Irma" chairs by Achille Castiglioni for Zanotta, Italy, 1970s
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Pair of ‘Ginevra’ Armchairs in Stained Wood by Achille Castiglioni
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Lo of 4 Chairs "Irma" Design Achille Castiglioni for Zanotta, 1970s
By Zanotta, Achille Castiglioni
Located in taranto, IT
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Castiglietta Pair of Office or Dining Chairs by Achille Castiglioni
By Achille Castiglioni
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Pair of Italian chairs model 2062 by Achille Castiglioni & Marccelo for Zanotta year 1967 minale. Chairs are new reupholstered in leather.
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1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Achille Castiglioni Chairs

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Achille Castiglioni chairs for sale on 1stDibs.

Achille Castiglioni chairs are available for sale on 1stDibs. These distinctive items are frequently made of metal and are designed with extraordinary care. There are many options to choose from in our collection of Achille Castiglioni chairs, although brown editions of this piece are particularly popular. Many of the original chairs by Achille Castiglioni were created in the mid-century modern style in italy during the 20th century. If you’re looking for additional options, many customers also consider chairs by Dal Vera, Anna Castelli Ferrieri, and Giovanni Offredi. Prices for Achille Castiglioni chairs can differ depending upon size, time period and other attributes — on 1stDibs, these items begin at $1,100 and can go as high as $3,008, while a piece like these, on average, fetch $1,696.

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