The Sancarlo chair and sofa were originally designed by Achille Castiglioni in 1982 and have since been reissued by Tacchini. With the classic simplicity of a linear metal frame and a series of bolster-like cushions for the seatback, this piece embodies functionality through a simplified form. The current production of the Sancarlo includes both the armchair and the sofa. When it first came into production, the Sancarlo was an innovative design that still resonates today. With this reissue, the functionality of the piece is enhanced by the incorporation of varied foam density depending on where it is placed on the seating and how it supports the body.
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One of the preeminent voices in post-war Italian design, Achille Castiglioni worked closely with his brother, Pier Giacomo, to dream up products informed by their mutual sense of curiosity, humor, and wonder.
Their approach resulted in products that incorporated playful forms and references—such as their Mezzadro stool for Zanotta that was made with a tractor seat, or their Snoopy table lamp for Flos inspired by the famous cartoon character. The duo was committed to pushing the limits of industrial design, a goal they achieved through constant experimentation and a willingness to embrace unexpected methods of production. Achille and Pier Giacomo often incorporated utilitarian materials and readymade objects into their works, from the aforementioned tractor seat to fishing rods, car headlights, and more.
A longstanding relationship with FLOS led to the creation of many of the designers’ most famous works, such as the 1962 Arco lamp, a widely copied fixture that is considered to be one of the hallmarks of midcentury industrial design. Achille Castiglioni created nearly 150 objects in his lifetime, and many products are still in production today.