Graphic Novels Illustrate the Work and Life of Achille Castiglioni

His daughter Giovanna has published two books recounting the stories behind her father's iconic design

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Graphic Novels Illustrate the Work and Life of Achille Castiglioni
20/12/2019 - “Objects must keep company”. This quote by Castiglioni makes us well understand his idea of design. Good design, in addition to being functional and aesthetically appealing, must be easy to use, comfortable. This means that objects acquire a familiarity, one more reason to love them.

From the moment he set up his studio in Milan in 1944, with his brother Pier Giacomo, Achille Castiglioni set about taking ordinary things and transforming them into delightful solutions for everyday life.
 
Giovanna e Achille Castiglioni 
His daughter Giovanna has just published two flip books edited by Corraini dedicated to Achille Castiglioni as a father and great designer. Through illustrations by Sara Vivan, she tells how the most famous projects of her father were born.

Giovanna has explained her decision to publish a graphic novel and her relationship with her father Archille as follows: “We talk about industrial design in different ways: talking about or drawing an idea, through a critical essay, staging a show, with images, audio-video or, why not, with a new type of language as in this flip book. I have been asked several times to write a book on the stories surrounding my father Achille’s designs, including anecdotes and episodes related to family life.”

In this first project I wanted to offer, in short, a story of Industrial Design. Respecting the irony of an extraordinary father, I wanted to include some lesser-known details of his, my and our private lives, translating what I normally do when I talk about his projects into graphic form.”

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Giovanna Castiglioni was born in Milan, where she lives, in 1972. She put aside her degree in geology to manage the stratification of projects in her father's studio, which is now a museum and foundation open to the public. She coordinates the Foundation’s cultural heritage archiving activities and disseminating the “Castiglioni method” to an interested audience of all ages, cultures and interests from all over the world. She supports exhibitions on Castiglioni and is the curator, together with Chiara Alessi and Domitilla Dardi, of the project “100x100 Achille” which presents a collection of more than 100 anonymous objects donated to mark the centenary of the birth of her father by more than 100 international designers.

Giovanna gives lectures, lessons and workshops around the world, focusing on dynamic interactions with the audience, who she always asks to do mental gymnastics and... she does not yet know what she wants to do when she grows up!
Sara Vivan was born in Milan, where she lives, in 1971. After graduating in fashion design at the I.E.D. in Milan, she worked for Aspesi (for the Comme des Garçonnes Comme des Garçonnes line), Blumarine (for the Anna Molinari line) and Alberto Biani. She attended the School of the Nude in Brera and, thereafter, dedicated herself to illustration. She has been published by Valentina Edizioni and Einaudi.
Graphic Novels Illustrate the Work and Life of Achille Castiglioni

Graphic Novels Illustrate the Work and Life of Achille Castiglioni

Graphic Novels Illustrate the Work and Life of Achille Castiglioni

Graphic Novels Illustrate the Work and Life of Achille Castiglioni

Graphic Novels Illustrate the Work and Life of Achille Castiglioni

Graphic Novels Illustrate the Work and Life of Achille Castiglioni

Graphic Novels Illustrate the Work and Life of Achille Castiglioni

Graphic Novels Illustrate the Work and Life of Achille Castiglioni

Graphic Novels Illustrate the Work and Life of Achille Castiglioni

Graphic Novels Illustrate the Work and Life of Achille Castiglioni

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