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Achille Castiglioni Visionario - L’alfabeto allestitivo di un designer regista - M.a.x., Chiasso, Switzerland (photo by Leo Torri)

| Designbest editorial staff


he celebrations to mark the centenary of Archille Castilglioni’s birth continue and this time, it’s the M.a.x. Museo in Chiasso, Switzerland to pay a tribute to this iconic architect with the retrospective Achille Castiglioni (1918-2002) visionario (lit. Achille Castiglioni, the visionary).

Achille Castiglioni (1918-2002) visionario is curated by studio Migliore+Servetto Architects and Italo Lupi in partnership with Nicoletta Ossanna Cavadini and the Fondazione Achille Castiglioni. Part of the series on twentieth century icons, this exhibition focuses on the life and the work of this great architect, who was one of the top names during the golden era of design in the sixties.

Visionary, as the title of the exhibition itself suggests, eclectic and keen on experimenting new ideas, throughout his career, Achille Castiglioni, put on display a staggering 484 exhibitions and designed over 150 objects that include several icons that have played a crucial role in shaping Italian design history.

The exhibition’s electrifying mood instantly makes you think of Achille Castiglioni and his irreverent, ironic style and how he was capable of simple, elegance too. Sketches, drawings, original pieces, prototypes, singed texts and video testimonials illustrate the talent Achille Castilgioni had in creating versatile spaces with a cutting-edge aesthetic: it’s no coincidence that his closest friends included the Swiss graphic designer Max Huber and the two worked on many projects together.

Above all, Achille Castiglioni (1918-2002) visionario focuses on how displays are used as a commercial and cultural communication tool. This exhibition puts on display the architect’s stylistic guidelines as well as illustrating his ethos: observing things in a unique and simple way, translating them in experimental and unexpected concepts as well as empathic projects.


Where: M.a.x. Museo, 6 via Dante Alighieri, Chiasso, Switzerland

When: until 23 September 2018


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