Piero Castiglioni / Livio Castiglioni


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Piero Castiglioni:

Lierna (Italy), 1944
He graduated in Architecture in Milan and started his career in the seventies, working alongside his father Livio in their design studio.
During this period he developed lighting engineering projects for many art galleries and temporary exhibits, hotels, offices, showrooms, shops and private homes. The Scintilla system, which he co-designed with his father, is a FontanaArte bestseller and the result of the experience he gained during those years. He also designed Sillaba in the same period, followed by Sillabone, inaugurating a new business sector for the Milan-based company, on the fine line between decorative and technical lighting. Together with Gae Aulenti, in the eighties he designed the Parola family and the more techno Calle and Diamante lamps.
His most important lighting projects over recent years are: Georges Pompidou Centre – Museum of Contemporary Art (Paris, 1985); Palazzo Grassi (Venice, 1986); Orsay Museum (Paris, 1986); Palazzo Italia at the International Expo '92 (Seville, 1992); Groninger Museum (Groninger, 1994); State Art Gallery (San Paolo, 1998); Poldi Pezzoli Museum (Milan, 2000); Latin American Art Museum (Buenos Aires, 2001); Arcimboldi Theatre (Milan, 2002); Galleria Colonna (Rome, 2003); St. Pierre’s Church (Freiburg, 2008).


Livio Castiglioni:

Milan, 1911-1979
He graduated from the faculty of Architecture at Milan Polytechnic in 1936. Two years later, he opened a studio with his brother Pier Giacomo and they were joined by their younger brother Achille once he had graduated. They mainly concentrated on urban planning, architecture and, in particular, industrial design, at a time when the latter was still in its early stages in Italy.
From 1940 to 1960 Livio Castiglioni was in fact a consultant first for Phonola and then for Brionvega.
In 1956 the three brothers co-founded the ADI (Italian Industrial Design Association), which every three years assigns the renowned Compasso d’Oro award for the best Italian contemporary design. From 1959 to 1960 Livio Castiglioni was President of the ADI.
With his son Piero he designed the famous Scintilla system for FontanaArte, one of the company’s bestsellers and used in a huge number of shops and display areas.