milan: studio museo achille castiglioni

Today has been our last day in Milan. After breakfast and before heading off to Lenate airport we called a cab to take us to the Studio Museo Achille Castiglioni. What a delight for anyone remotely interested in design!

Achille Castiglioni, a renowned Italian industrial designer, was born in Milan in 1918. He famously took inspiration from every day items and made use of ordinary objects and materials. A glass cabinet can be seen in his studio which is crammed with these “findings”. Achille studied architecture at the Politecnico di Milano, and in 1944 he set up a design office together with his brothers Livio and Pier Giacomo.

achille castiglioni
source: alessi

The Studio Museo Achille Castiglioni is housed inside a palazzo from the 18th century where Achille dreamed up his creations for Flos, Alessi and other design houses from 1944 until he died in 2002. There are five rooms to visit which are full of samples, tools, periodicals, prototypes and items from his personal collections.

We were lucky: Even though we did not book in advance we were able to join a small group of lovely Italian artsy people, and one of the ladies working at the studio was kind enough to come along and translate for us – thanks again to Laura.

The tour was absolutely fantastic. You could tell how passionate our tour guide – also called Laura – was about the famous designer and its work. She showed us objects that inspired Castiglioni and surprised us with what he made out of them. My daughter declared afterwards: This was the best thing we did during our trip to Milan!

Such an inspirational place. Honestly, I could have spent all day here snooping around Achille’s personal items.



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all photos © darkroom bright, with kind permission of studio museo achille castiglioni.


studio museo achille castiglioni . piazza castello 27 . 20121 milano . italy



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