Achille Castiglioni’s birth centenary celebrated by Flos Japan
Flos Japan hosted another successful special event celebrating Achille Castiglioni’s 100th birth anniversary. The site-specific exhibition was designed for the Tokyo showroom after Calvi Brambilla’s project for the Milan flagship store during Fuorisalone earlier this year, which had marked the start of Flos’ tributes and special initiatives in honour of the design Master.
The whole japanese space was overwhelmed by Achille’s real scale silhouettes in an ironic dialogue with some of the most iconic light objects created during the fortunate and prolific collaboration with his brother Pier Giacomo first, and then throughout his own career. The irresistible portraits belong to a precious photographic series realized by Luciano Soave in 1984 on the occasion of Achille’s solo exhibition in Vienna. An endless gallery of gestural expressions, grimaces and mime actor’s poses where all the charisma, genius and brilliant intuition of this extraordinary figure are unleashed.
The exhibition included a wide gallery of historic lights, many of which are still in production and still the company’s bestsellers, such as Arco, Snoopy, Taccia, Toio, Lampadina, Gatto, Taraxacum 88 and lots more. On display were also the two special anniversary re-editions of Nasa and Ventosa, as well as Toio Limited Edition Matt Black, released in a numbered series of 2.500 pieces just for the centenary.
Giovanna Castiglioni, daughter of Achille and VP of the Castiglioni Foundation, once again fascinated and entertained Flos’ guests with her passionate, intelligent and ironic storytelling about her father’s figure and design philosophy.