Celebrating the Great Master of Italian Design

‘A Castiglioni’ curated by Patricia Urquiola in collaboration with Federica Sala, is the highly-anticipated monographic exhibition on from October 6th, 2018 to January 20th, 2019 in the spaces of the Milanese cultural institution based in the Palazzo dell’Arte.

To celebrate the 100th birth anniversary of the great Master of design the Italian lighting specialist Flos announced a Creative Partnership with the Milan Triennale to realize the interactive installation Traparentesi.


To celebrate the centenary of Achille Castiglioni, one of the most important Masters of Italian design, Flos, in collaboration with Studio Urquiola, has created an ironic and at the same time poetic site-specific installation entitled ‘Traparentesi’.

A party of 100 Parentesi lamps which, like 100 candles, are activated by the presence of visitors, recreating the innate joy that Achille brought to every environment and transferred to every object.

Sound Design

Lights and sounds, for a noisy, Jacques Tati-style Achille, always designing with the noise of the objects in mind. One can find the call of an owl, the noise of a switch being tuned on, the bounces of a ping-pong ball and many other entertaining sounds. They all bring a voice to the lighting effect produced by the 100 Parentesi lamps, some of which have been hacked and hybridised for the occasion with unusual and surprising heads and light sources.

Within the twenty clusters of which the exhibition is composed, we find almost the entire production of lighting fixtures designed by the brothers or by Achille alone, many of which are still bestsellers in the Flos Home catalogue.