“When I started the program I was only interested in doing architecture. But when I first encountered Achille, I could see that he was different. And I began to focus on the idea of design and not the big ‘A’ of architecture,” Urquiola says(as quoted in Icon Eye in August 2018). Her experience would not only inspire her, now considered to be one of the world’s leading designers, but also to be at the helm of a major retrospective of the Castiglioni studio in October 2018 for the Triennale di Milano.
Closer to home, architect Marc Dixon had coveted the Snoopy Lamp for many years. “I’m a huge Castiglioni fan. It was not only seeing his work, but also knowing that one of my other favourite designers, Patricia Urquiola, was mentored by him in her formative years,” Marc says, who not surprisingly, being an architect chose the Snoopy with the black reflector. “The proportions are just right and I see beyond the Snoopy profile,” Marc says, who also appreciates the quality of light produced (with the option of LED or a halogen light, both of which can be brightened or dimmed).