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Posted On: 11 Mar 2020   |   Posted By: Cereal

At the London showroom of lighting specialists Atrium, ranks of spherical bulbs are suspended above the entrance, their warm LED filaments reflected as delicate haloes of light in each glass surface. The repeated fixture that makes up the display is Bulbo57, a design by Achille and Pier Giacomo Castiglioni, originally created as an installation for the XI Triennale in Milan in 1957. After the Triennale, four of the Bulbo lamps were installed in Achille's home in Milan, and two more were placed above the desk in his studio - this is now home to the Studio Museo Achille Castiglioni, where they remain on display. In December 2019, FLOS updated the design of the Bulbo57 and brought it into production for the first time.
I am at Atrium to meet Giovanna Castiglioni, curator of the Studio Museo, vice president of the Fondazione Achille Castiglioni, and daughter of Achille. Downstairs in the FLOS showroom, rows of chairs are set facing a platform in anticipation of her talk this evening, to mark the launch of...

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