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Tuesday, September 21, 2004

Achille Castiglioni

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A street light inspired the iconic Arco lamp, which is a ceiling light that sits on the floor on an extremely heavy marble base. Its designed by Achille Castiglioni for FLOS in 1962. The hole in the base is to insert a broomstick for carrying. About the base, Castiglioni said: "Our first idea was concrete, but we chose marble because it gave us the same weight in a smaller volume and a better finish for a lower cost. Nothing in Arco is decorative. Even the bevelled corners of the base are functional, they avoid sharp angles, which could be dangerous."

Achille Castiglioni stands as one of the greatest designers of the 20th century, having produced some of the most iconic, practical and beautiful industrial designs of modern times. Though his work touches on the tenets of high modernism, minimalism, classicism and 'post-modern' design, he defied any of these definitive categorizations, remaining a true individual who managed to bring the poetic and the artistic to the most ordinary of objects. His work spans the mediums of architecture, graphic design, industrial design, furniture, and teaching and he was a soft-spoken master of all of them.