Achille Castiglioni 1918 - 2002 Achille Castiglioni was born in Milan in 1918 and died on December 2, 2002. He studied architecture and then joined his two brothers Livis and Pier Giacomo in their design studio in Milan. The lack of architectural projects lead to the development of design projects and over the 1950’s and 60’s they created items for industrial Flos, Zanotta and Alessi. The death of Pier Giacomo in 1968 ended this highly successful collaboration. The search for Achille Castiglioni was the minimal design that will perform its required functions. His goal is to reach the point where it is no longer possible to do less. "Where you couldn't do less" characterizes his work and the statement can be compared to the famous "less is more" designs of Mies Ludwig Van Der Rohe. Their creations can be described as minimalist. An archetypal example being the ARCO lamp.

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