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Spirale Ashtray

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Spirale Ashtray
Description
When you place this gleaming icon of Italian design—an object in MoMA’s collection designed by Achille Castiglioni—on your coffee table, you may feel transported to a faraway film set. The spiral inside the ashtray is designed to hold cigarettes or cigarillos and is removable—so you can use the ashtray as a catchall for small accessories such as keys or small office supplies. Made by Alessi, a manufacturer in MoMA's collection.

Born in Milan in 1918, Achille Castiglioni is an internationally acknowledged master of Italian design. During his 52-year career, he designed and collaborated on nearly 150 design objects, from lamps to cameras to car seats. His work is known for combining simplicity with fun, along with close attention to how objects are used in real life. In 1997, MoMA launched the first individual retrospective of his work with the exhibition Achille Castiglioni: Design! Prior to that, his designs were featured in numerous exhibitions at the Museum, including The Modern Movement in Italy: Architecture and Design (1954) and Recent Acquisitions: Design (1967-8 and 1970-1). Castiglioni’s work has had a significant impact on the history of the applied arts and has taught generations about good design.
Details
  • Designer
    Achille Castiglioni
  • Size
    2.5h x 5.5" diam.
  • Materials
    Stainless Steel
  • Year of Design
    1986
  • Origin
    Italy