In the words of Achille Castiglioni, one of the most brilliant protagonists, the success of the Italian Line comes out from a collective spirit of participation, sharing and criticism. “A piece of design is the result of the joint effort of many people with different and specific technical skills, industrial, commercial and aesthetic. The designer’s work is the expressive synthesis of this collective effort. The main feature of a project is based on the relationship among several operators: from the manager to the last worker.”
The hero of Italian design, Achille Castiglioni, along with his brothers Pier Giacomo and Livio, was able to find irony and beauty into the simplicity of everyday life. From the simplest electrical switches to the most iconic project of modern design, Castiglioni brothers transformed their uncontrollable curiosity in a series of timeless pieces.
Tacchini proposes the revival of two famous pieces of Achille Castiglioni, realized inside a larger project dedicated to the reproduction of classics of modern design. Babela, designed in 1958 along with his brother Pier Giacomo, and Sancarlo, created for the first time in 1970, sum up the spirit of the period joining the formal experimentation to technical innovation. Achille e Pier Giacomo Castiglioni designed Babela, a stackable chair, for the Milan chamber of commerce. They imagined a tower made by seats, stackable and easily transportable. Its design was simple and archetypical, with a particular mixture of materials, visual texture and tactile effects.
On the other hand, Sancarlo, plays with rounded and organic shapes to allow a flexible seat, and, at the same time, suitable to the comfort of person. The Sancarlo armchair is a treatise on statics, ergonomics, function and geometry. Commissioned at the time by Driade, Achille Castiglioni has taken up again the idea of the Sanluca, designed a few decades earlier with his brother Pier Giacomo. The result is the breaking-down of the seat into a series of cushions which curve to each part of the body they have to support.
Today, half a century after their creation, the projects realized by these great masters of the past continue to keep alive the soul of the Italian line through a series of revivals made by Tacchini.