Designed in 1958 by Achille and Pier Giacomo Castiglioni for the Milan Chamber of Commerce
Babela is an excellent example of how practicality and aesthetics can work together in the same chair, a comfortable, stackable easy chair with a rigorous design perfect for the institutional setting for which it was conceived. This reissue brings Babela into contemporary spaces, transforming the original iron frame into a warmer, more natural ash wood one.
The Castiglioni studio was established in 1938 by brothers Livio and Pier Giacomo, while for certain projects, Luigi Caccia Dominioni also worked alongside them. In 1944 Achille joined the studio: the partnership between the three brothers continued until 1952, when Livio set up on his own, while continuing to work with Pier Giacomo and Achille for some special projects. Achille and Pier Giacomo worked together without any clear division of roles, but with equal participation, and constant discussion and exchange of ideas. This collaboration continued until Pier Giacomo died in 1968. Achille continued to work in the same way as he always had done with his brother, and indeed it is almost impossible to detect any difference in his approach to projects, other than the natural social and technological changes that came about with the evolving times.