Achille Castiglioni, born in Milan in 1918, was an Italian architect and designer. Influenced by the work of his father Giannino, a sculptor who was particularly active between the two wars, he is globally recognized for his "plastic" approach to design. He graduated in architecture at the Polytechnic University of Milan in 1944. Castiglioni often worked for the Triennale of Milan and in 1956 became a founding member of the Industrial Design Association. In the 1960s he was a professor at the Polytechnic University of Turin and set up his personal studio in Milan together with his brother Pier Giacomo, with whom he worked until his premature death in 1968. During his life he held several professorships, which included Industrial Artistic Design and Interior Architecture in Turin and Industrial Design at the Polytechnic of Milan. He continued to work in his studio alone until 2002, year of his death.