January, 4, 2019 | via Yellowtrace.com
“Design shouldn’t be trendy. Good design should last over time, until it wears out.” – Achille Castiglioni
When it comes to transforming everyday objects into timeless designs, there is no other name that comes to mind before the formidable Italian designer Achille Castiglioni. His creations, which turn domestic objects into what many perceive to be works of art, have found permanent residence in art collections globally, including MoMA New York, the V&A in London and the Triennale in Milan. He is considered one of Italy’s most formidable design masters, a founding member of the ADI in the 1950’s and winner of a remarkable eight Compassi d’Oro awards. His name is interchangeable with the revitalisation of Modern Italian design and his work instils a clear expression of his meticulous method with attention to technical skill.
As an architect and designer, Castiglioni formed a famed working partnership with his brother Pier Giacomo, designing what is still to this day considered one of the most beautiful pieces of industrial, audio design in Italian history – the Radiofonografo RR126 with Italian electronic company Brionvega.
Brionvega is famed for creating many state of the art audio-visual products throughout the 1960s, employing well known industrial designers at the helm of those products. The Radiofonografo RR126 is an icon of pop design, often referred to as a “musical pet” due to its animal-like features – speakers for ears and control dials which make up its smiling face.
To celebrate the centenary of Achille Castiglione’s birth, Brionvega is proudly re-producing a limited run of 100 handcrafted, individually numbered radiograms, as a tribute to the famed designer. And thanks to our friends and partners at Living Edge, this limited-edition radiogram can now be purchased exclusively in Australia.
More on Brionvega’s reissues of Castiglioni’s cult designs here.