Lapis

Achille and Pier Giacomo Castiglioni

An ingenious small solid that plays on the onlooker’s visual perceptions, acquiring a different presence at every glance.

An ingenious small solid that plays on the onlooker’s visual perceptions, acquiring a different presence at every glance.

In 1968, CEDIT commissioned Achille and Pier Giacomo Castiglioni to design “ceramic objects for small-scale production”, with the further specification that “the maximum size of each piece should be at the most of the order of 25-30 cm, in both height and width”. With the meticulous attention to detail characteristic of their iconic creations, the two designers worked on a family of three vases, identical but in different sizes, with a strikingly original form: the perfectly circular mouth of each vertically extruded piece gradually flattens to a straight line, rather like a tiny jug with a tapered base.


Exactly fifty years after the conception of this wonderful design invention, CEDIT has decided to celebrate its partnership with the genius of Achille and Pier Giacomo Castiglioni by issuing an accurately reproduced new edition of Lapis, in its three original sizes and with a colour range that has been updated but is still strongly inspired by the first series. In line with the precise strategy followed since its relaunch, CEDIT pays homage to the culture of design by linking a sublime example of Twentieth Century Italian creativity to that of our own time, as well as beginning its own personal design programme, which intends to draw on its incredible history and its present to produce, not only a range of exquisitely original ceramic slabs, but also ornamental ceramic objects styled by masters from the past and leading figures from the present.

Lapis: Ceramic Vase designed by Achille & Pier Giacomo Castiglioni
Lapis: Ceramic Vase designed by Achille & Pier Giacomo Castiglioni
Lapis: Ceramic Vase designed by Achille & Pier Giacomo Castiglioni


The original colours of the 1968 edition – grey, brown and red, all tending to be dark – were called “Fumo”, “Castoro” and “Ciliegia”; today’s colours – grey, dark blue and red – have been given the names “Fumo”, “Notte” and “Ciliegia” respectively.

Achille Castiglioni (Milan, 16 February 1918 – Milan, 2 December 2002) and Pier Giacomo Castiglioni (Milan, 22 April 1913 – Milan, 27 November 1968): amongst the most famous and influential designers of their period, over an impressive career they styled some of the best known, most celebrated design products of all time.

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