Achille Castiglioni's passion for objects of anonymous design is evidenced by the famous window inhis studio, which exhibits all those collected throughout a lifetime. To celebrate the Maestro's 100th birthday, the Achille Castiglioni Foundation has entrusted the curating of an exhibition to Chiara Alessi and Domitilla Dardi, who have asked 100 Italian and international designers to donate their favorite anonymous objects. 100x100 Achille is the collection of these birthday gifts - and some greeting cards - sent by colleagues who have known Castiglioni, former university students or designers who have been inspired by his work; among others, the Bourorullec brothers, Studio Formafantasma, Konstantin Grcic, Giulio Iacchetti, Enzo Mari, Alessandro Mendini, Philippe Starck, Patricia Urquiola. A tribute to the master who is also a focus on one of the most investigated themes in the design world today. Because it is in the curiosity for everyday objects and the investigation of their function that a new planning can find space.
The volume accompanies the exhibition "100x100 Achilles" promoted by the Achille Castiglioni Foundation and opened in Milan from 19 February to 30 April. With texts by Carlo Castiglioni, Giovanna Castiglioni, Chiara Alessi and Domitilla Dardi. Photographs by Emanuele Zamponi.
Chiara Alessi (Verbania, 1981) is a curator and essayist in the field of design. She collaborates with the main magazines of the sector and with some newspapers. For some years now she has been dealing with the new culture of projecting in Italy and its implications. Alessi teaches Product Service System Design at the Milan Polytechnic. She published After the Zero years. The new Italian design (Edizioni Laterza, 2014) and Design without a wise designer and an investigation of the "other" Italian design professions (Edizioni Laterza, 2016). He is in the group of curators of the XI edition of the Triennale Design Museum in Milan, dedicated to the history of Italian design. He lives and works in Milan.
Domitilla Dardi, historical and design curator. Since 2010 she is curator for the design of the MAXXI-Architecture of Rome. She is a lecturer and consultant for the Master sector at the IED in Rome. Since 2016 Dardi is Visiting Professor at the Universidad de Navarra in Pamplona. In 2016 and 2017 she curated the Object section of Miart, International Fair of Contemporary Art, Milan. She writes for several trade magazines and she is the author of numerous essays and monographs.