SIMPLICITY IN DESIGN


IN SIMPLICITY WE FIND THE BEAUTY, BECAUSE THE EYE CAN REST! WHEN THE EYE IS ABLE TO REST, THE SOUL CAN REST!

KRIS SCHIRMER
2009/10/14





6/16/10

ACHILLE CASTIGLIONI

ACHILLE CASTIGLIONI

Born in Milan in 1918, he graduated in Architecture in 1944.
Since 1940 he had dedicated himself to experimenting on industrial products with his brothers Livio ((1911-1979) and Pier Giacomo (1913-1968). Their interests were directed towards Urban Planning, Architecture and Design; they performed analysis and research on new forms, techniques and materials, aimed at developing a process of “integral design”.
In 1969, he was nominated Professor of “Artistic Industrial Design”; he chaired the Faculty of Architecture in Turin until 1980 and taught in Milan until 1993 as Professor of “Industrial Design” at the Polytechnic of Milan.
In 1956 he was one of the founders of ADI (Association for Design Industry).
MoMA’s permanent collection in New York hosts 14 of his works.

AUTH ZANOTTA "SELLA"
CHAIR DESIGN BY ACHILLE CASTIGLIONI

Sella
Design by Achille Castiglioni

The imaginative, ironic Castiglioni brothers named the Sellino after the seat of a bicycle.

Composition: Cast iron, Steel, Leather

Dimensions:
Width: 27.7 Inches
Height: 12.9 Inches


Achille Castiglioni

Price:US $1,818.00


SELLA
Stool
1957 Design: Achille and Pier Giacomo Castiglioni
(1957), 1983 Production: Zanotta (1957) 1983
Assembled with mass produced pieces, this is a “phone stool” that translates into sitting while on one’s feet.

The seat, a leather bike saddle, is set on a hemispherical cast iron base (33 cm diameter) offering dynamic balance; the height of the seat can be regulated on the stem, a pink steel tube.

The total height of the stool is 71 cm and can be extended.
One can only grasp the idea behind this design object by remembering that in the Fifties most houses had wall phones, so the person using it was forced to stand.






 The prototype was presented at the 1957 exhibition
“Colori e forme nella casa d’oggi”
(Colours andshapes in today’s home)
held at the Villa Olmo in Como. 
 

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AUTH ZANOTTA "MEZZADRO" 
CHAIR DESIGN BY ACHILLE CASTIGLIONI

 

Mezzadro

Design by Achille Castiglioni

Original and ironic, the Mezzadro stool has been one of the most beloved objects of Italian design for over half a century.
Composition: Steel, Beech
     

Dimensions:
  
Width: 19.9 Inches   
Depth: 19.1 Inches
Height: 19.9 Inches
 
Achille Castiglioni 

Price:US $1,399.00


MEZZADRO
Stool
1957 Design: Achille and Pier Giacomo Castiglioni
(1957), 1970 Production: Isa (prototype 1957), Zanotta
Perhaps the Mezzadro project is the best example of the desire to use part of an already existing object, confirming its shape but shifting the place and the way it is employed: a tractor seat designed in the early 1900’s used as a stool for private homes (1957 Triennial at Villa Olmo).
It is made of four pieces: the seat, a large wing screw, a leaf spring and a cross bar. Even the special fixing system employs a familiar object used for braking bicycle wheels, a large wing screw that permits fixing everything securely without need of screwdrivers or spanners. The seat is in stamped, enamelled metal; the stainless steel leaf spring supporting the seat, which acts as a shock absorber in a tractor, here is turned the opposite way to make the seat springier. The wooden cross bar (solid beech), which vaguely resembles a yoke, furnishes two additional points of support needed to make the seat stable.


Established in 1954, Zanotta is one of the most renowned brands in the history of Italian Design. With his extraordinary talent and drive, Aurelio Zanotta conquered the international scene during the 1960s, thanks to outstanding products that were emblematic both in terms of formal and technological innovation. Created with the collaboration of internationally famous designers and architects, Zanotta's pieces have won numerous awards and are a part of permanent collections in museums throughout the world. 



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