Achille (1918-2002) and Pier Giacomo (1913-1968) are the sons of the once popular Giannino Castiglioni - known as “an artist for sure, but with great common sense” (by Gianni Biondillo in www.storiemilanesi.org) - active in Milan since early 1900 with his own sculpture workshop in Porta Nuova. Here the two brothers grow living art as something familiar and domestic, learning directly from their father the “plastic” approach to the world of design.
The three brothers started working together in 1945. For their entire lives they experimented with shapes, techniques and materials with the purpose of obtaining “full design processes” where essential components would later become partnerships with other professionals as graphical experts or renowned colleagues. As a matter of fact, they pinpointed the importance of listening, giving space to ideas other than their own, to conceive revolutionary projects, made by enlightened firms able to combine culture, production and communication.
Many of their works are displayed in museum collections world round, among which 14 at the MOMA of New York, the Victoria and Albert Museum of London, the Kunstgewerbe Museum of Zurich, the Staatliches Museum fur Angewandte Kunst of Munich, the Museum of Design of Prato and many more. They will for ever be artists who left an extraordinary culture legacy, filled with knowledge and beauty. A joyful and shining heritage made of hundreds of items and projects that still make us feel their presence.