Studio Museo Achille Castiglioni
Design buffs are sure to appreciate a visit to industrial designer Achille Castiglioni's studio, which has been kept just as it was left upon his death in 2002. Castiglioni is one of the masters of 20th century design, having made such classics as the Arco lamp for Flos and Spirale ashtray for Alessi. His studio reflects his nervous, mischievous personality. Prototypes and models, notebooks, samples of materials, tools, books, and magazines are crammed into the four rooms, as are ashtrays to catch his smoldering cigarettes. Collections of things ranging from old soda bottles to odd eyeglasses that Elton John would die for are jammed into glass cabinets. More so than at a sterile museum, one gets the sense of genius at work. Tours are by appointment only and are conducted by Castiglioni's wife and daughter.