When you place this gleaming icon of Italian design on your coffee table, you may feel transported to a faraway film set. An object from 1970 represented in MoMA’s collection, the Spirale Ashtray was conceived by Italian design legend Achille Castiglioni. Made from stainless steel, this clever redesign of an existing ashtray features a metal spring that serves as a holder for cigarettes and which can be easily removed when it’s time to clean the bowl. Love the design but don’t want to use it for its original purpose? The Spirale can also be used as a catchall for small personal items around your home. The Spirale Ashtray & Catchall measures 1.7h x 4.7"diam. To clean, remove the inner spiral and gently hand wash the spiral and bowl in warm soapy water and dry completely.
Size1.7h x 4.7"diam.
Year of Design1970
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Born in Milan in 1918, Achille Castiglioni is an internationally acknowledged master of Italian design whose work is represented in MoMA's collection. 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.
At MoMA Design Store, all of the designs we sell are curator-approved and authentic. We ensure the integrity of our products through research and by working closely with the designers. Our products embody the spirit of good design objects in MoMA's collection. Some of them are actual designs represented in the Museum's collection.