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Pier Giacomo Castiglioni

Italian, 1913-1968

In partnership with his brothers Livio (1911–79) and Achille (1918–2002), Milanese industrial designer and architect Pier Giacomo Castiglioni played a role in creating some of the most iconic furniture designs in the world, particularly those that originated in the realm of mid-century modern lighting. 

In the late 1930s, after graduating from the acclaimed Polytechnic University of Milan, Pier Giacomo opened a design studio with his brother Livio and likeminded architect Luigi Caccia Dominioni. Achille, also a graduate of Milan Polytechnic, joined the group after completing his studies in 1944. The era’s architects were encountering difficulty in their attempts to secure building commissions, so the group focused on designing practical everyday objects such as the Model 547, a tabletop radio for Phonola that was encased in Bakelite

The Castiglioni brothers produced wildly popular and innovative designs throughout the 20th century. Vintage furniture collectors may be familiar with Livio and Italian designer Gianfranco Frattini’s serpent-like Boalum lamp, while Achille’s Taraxacum hanging lamp — created for FLOS with sprayed plastic polymers originally intended for military use — as well as the Arco, Snoopy and Toio lamps, which were the result of the collaboration between Pier Giacomo and Achille, are milestones in modernist lighting design

Also for FLOS, Pier Giacomo and Achille created a series of metal frames that, wrapped in the polymer, became floor lamps (Gatto) or pendant lights (Viscontea and Taraxacum), all released in 1960. The Gatto floor lamp takes its name from the Italian word for “cat” and the inspiration for its aesthetic from lighting that George Nelson developed for legendary American furniture manufacturer Howard Miller during the 1940s. Around the same time, the designer Tobia Scarpa (son of the famed Italian architect Carlo Scarpa and one-half of the widely revered postmodern husband-and-wife design duo Afra and Tobia Scarpa) created a floor lamp called Fantasma (1961) using the polymers technique. FLOS continues to make the Castiglionis’ innovative pieces today.

In addition to their provocative lighting works, Pier Giacomo and Achille also created stereo systems, decorative objects, seating, tables and other items for the likes of Brionvega, Alessi, Zanotta, Kartell and more.

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Iconic Designs from Pier Giacomo Castiglioni
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Castiglioni Toio Floor Lamp
Castiglioni Toio Floor Lamp
Arco Lamp
Arco Lamp
Snoopy Lamp
Snoopy Lamp
Flos Toio LED Red by Achilles And Piergiacomo Castiglioni Floor Lamp
By Achille Castiglioni, Flos, Pier Giacomo Castiglioni, Achille & Pier Giacomo Castiglioni
Located in London, GB
With its legendary silhouette and diffuser inspired by car headlights, the Toio floor lamp by Achille and Pier Giacomo Castiglioni (1962) is a 20thth Century icon. This model is feat...
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2010s Chinese Pier Giacomo Castiglioni

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Metal

Achille Castiglioni & Pier Giacomo Castiglioni, Viscontea, Pendant Light Flos
By Achille & Pier Giacomo Castiglioni, Achille Castiglioni, Flos, Pier Giacomo Castiglioni
Located in Paris, FR
Achille Castiglioni (1918-2002) & Pier Giacomo Castiglioni (1913-1968) Viscontea A resin and metal pendant light, the internal metal frame covered with a sprayed resin coated shad...
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1960s Italian Modern Vintage Pier Giacomo Castiglioni

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Metal

Lampe FLOS Taccia black en verre design Achille et Pier Castiglioni Italie 1960
By Achille Castiglioni, Achille & Pier Giacomo Castiglioni, Pier Giacomo Castiglioni
Located in AIX-LES-BAINS, FR
Lampe Taccia modèle XXL le plus grand. Design by Achille and Pier Giacomo Castiglioni , 1962 Editée par FLOS Lampe de table à lumière indirecte et réfléchie. Réflecteur en alumini...
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1960s Italian Industrial Vintage Pier Giacomo Castiglioni

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Aluminum

Achille Castiglioni Flos Arco Floor Lamp, Italy, Mid-20th c.
By Achille Castiglioni, Flos, Pier Giacomo Castiglioni, Achille & Pier Giacomo Castiglioni
Located in San Francisco, CA
Since its debut in 1962 the modern arc floor lamp has been considered a design classic. The famed Castiglioni brothers spared no detail when they created it, from the beveled corners...
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1960s Italian Vintage Pier Giacomo Castiglioni

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Carrara Marble

Italian modern white metal Toio floor lamp by Castiglioni Brothers, Flos, 1970s
By Achille & Pier Giacomo Castiglioni, Achille Castiglioni, Flos, Pier Giacomo Castiglioni
Located in MIlano, IT
Italian modern White metal Floor lamp Toio by Castiglioni for Flos, 1970s. Floor lamp mod. Toio with diffuser for indirect light. The structure is formed by a hexagonal metal stem, o...
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1970s Italian Modern Vintage Pier Giacomo Castiglioni

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Metal

Flos Toio LED Red by Achilles And Piergiacomo Castiglioni Floor Lamp
By Achille & Pier Giacomo Castiglioni, Pier Giacomo Castiglioni, Achille Castiglioni, Flos
Located in London, GB
With its legendary silhouette and diffuser inspired by car headlights, the Toio floor lamp by Achille and Pier Giacomo Castiglioni (1962) is a 20thth Century icon. This model is feat...
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2010s Chinese Pier Giacomo Castiglioni

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Metal

Rare floor lamp Flos Toio First edition by Castiglioni
By Achille Castiglioni, Flos, Pier Giacomo Castiglioni
Located in Montecchio Precalcino, VI
Flos Toio Floor Lamp First Edition *Rare*. Rare Flos floor lamp, model Toio designed by the Castiglioni brothers in the 1960s. The lamp in question is the f...
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1960s Italian Bauhaus Vintage Pier Giacomo Castiglioni

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Metal

Italian modern red floor lamp Toio by Castiglioni for Flos, 1970s
By Achille Castiglioni, Flos, Pier Giacomo Castiglioni, Achille & Pier Giacomo Castiglioni
Located in MIlano, IT
Red floor lamp Toio by Achille and Pier Giacomo Castiglioni for Flos, 1970s Floor lamp mod. Toio with indirect light diffuser. The structure is made up of a rectangular base in red p...
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1970s Italian Modern Vintage Pier Giacomo Castiglioni

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Metal

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Castiglioni Toio Floor Lamp
Castiglioni Toio Floor Lamp
Average Price
$1,529
Number Available
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Castiglioni Toio Floor Lamp
Materials
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Styles
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The idea of the readymade didn’t just upend the art world, it also provoked a wave of invention in design. This provocative spirit is alive and well in the Toio floor lamp, which sees an integration of automotive parts as well as everyday recreational gear. Along with their eldest brother, Livio, Pier Giacomo (1913–68) and Achille (1918–2002) Castiglioni were born in Milan and for a time, the three worked together in their own firm as architects and designers. While Livio departed the practic...
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Arco Lamp
Arco Lamp
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$3,595
Number Available
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Arco Lamp
Materials
Marble, Stone, Metal, Carrara Marble, Steel
Styles
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It was a humble street light that inspired Achille Castiglioni (1918–2002) and his brother Pier Giacomo Castiglioni (1913–68) to design their Arco lamp. The two men, along with their eldest brother, Livio, were the sons of prominent Milanese sculptor Giannino Castiglioni, and all became trained architects. Achille graduated from the acclaimed Polytechnic University of Milan in 1944 and joined Pier Giacomo and Livio in the design studio they'd opened with Luigi Caccia Dominioni. With large arc...
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Snoopy Lamp
Snoopy Lamp
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$2,757
Number Available
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Snoopy Lamp
Materials
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Styles
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With an oblong black head that sits atop a tilting white marble base, the Snoopy lamp’s shape playfully brings to mind the snout of the canine main character in Charles M. Schulz’s Peanuts comic strip. The design, one of many innovative collaborations by the Italian brothers Achille (1918–2002) and Pier Giacomo Castiglioni (1913–68), was introduced in 1967.After graduating from the Polytechnic University of Milan in 1944, Achille joined the urban planning, architecture and industrial design s...
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Pier Giacomo Castiglioni furniture for sale on 1stDibs.

Pier Giacomo Castiglioni furniture are available for sale on 1stDibs. These distinctive items are frequently made of wood and are designed with extraordinary care. There are many options to choose from in our collection of Pier Giacomo Castiglioni furniture, although brown editions of this piece are particularly popular. We have 12 vintage editions of these items in-stock, while there is 14 modern edition to choose from as well. Many of the original furniture by Pier Giacomo Castiglioni were created in the mid-century modern style in europe during the 21st century and contemporary. If you’re looking for additional options, many customers also consider furniture by H.P. Hansen, Soborg Mobler, and Faarup Møbelfabrik. Prices for Pier Giacomo Castiglioni furniture can differ depending upon size, time period and other attributes — on 1stDibs, these items begin at $1,109 and can go as high as $13,808, while a piece like these, on average, fetch $3,695.

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