“A Castiglioni”

The exhibition ” A Castiglioni” examines Castiglioni’s work in a transversal manner, ranging from design to architecture through to exhibition displays. The curation and installation is entrusted to Patricia Urquiola in collaboration with Federica Sala. Castiglioni’s approach is simple and direct but with a wealth of inquisitiveness and irony, and it became the method he used to train later generations of designers.
The items he designed – most of which are still in production today, and among their manufacturers’ bestselling products – take inspiration from the everyday world and transform it into something new, adopting a wry approach to the relationship between form and function. Until 1968, he designed his items in collaboration with his brothers Livio and, especially, Pier Giacomo. Most of them are still in production today and are among their manufacturers’ bestselling products. They take inspiration from the everyday world and transform it into something new, adopting a wry approach to the relationship between form and function
To give a clear picture of this highly active and, in a sense, timeless figure, it has been decided not to adopt a chronological or schematic approach but to show his work by means of a series of often overlapping and intersecting aggregates of content. The idea is thus to create a map of recurrent macro and micro concepts in his designs, in a non-hierarchic, non-linear, ramified manner.
The designs are thus grouped in twenty clusters and placed in relation to each other, in order to illustrate Castiglioni’s approach to design and the method he adopted in his work: from product design through to large-scale architecture, by way of the many display designs that were emblematic of his professional career.