An internationally acknowledged master of design, Italian architect and designer Achille Castiglioni was often inspired by everyday objects and used a minimal amount of materials while creating forms with maximum effect.
During his fifty-two-year career, he designed and collaborated on almost 150 objects, including lamps, stools, bookshelves, electrical switches, cameras, telephones, vacuum cleaners, and car seats. Several of his works, such as the Arco and the Brera lamps, are featured in the design collections of many museums. They are also familiar to many people who use them in their homes, even if Castigloni's name may not be. He worked closely with his brother Pier Giacomo until 1968.
Castiglioni's method was to have "a constant and consistent way of designing, not a style," which led him to help create new products and innovate the household object, restoring the quality of life in Italy during the post-war years. His work has had a powerful impact on the history of the applied arts and has taught generations about good design, while providing an overview of the characteristics that make design one of the highest expressions of twentieth-century creativity.