Achille Castiglioni


There are armchairs that convert to beds. Polet is a bed that becomes an armchair. Or, perhaps it would be more precise to say a throne, with its soaring backrest that makes it a delightfully ironic and functional piece of furniture, a design dreamt up by the genius Achille Castiglioni thirty years ago.

The image of a deckchair is enriched with formal elegance and becomes a multifunctional piece: part armchair, part bed.

design: Achille Castiglioni

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It’s the simple things that change our lives. Polet adapts to our needs and makes us feel at home.

Castiglioni designed Polet to open and close as intuitively as possible, just like a deck chair.

A mixture of the nomadic and the permanent, a bit like a camp bed but also a throne. Polet is the creative genius of Achille Castiglioni, who came up with the idea for his seaside house. The wood is black lacquered beech and the pins are brass: the beauty of this armchair-bed is in the details.

Archiproducts Design Awards – Winner 2021

A multi-functional object is never perfect.
Better to design for one function than two.
If the first works the second won’t.
It’s more likely the second works rather than the first.
Which is the first and which the second? I don’t know.
Take it for one function and two will work.
If you have friends, take two so the functions become four.
Will all of them work? I don’t know.
Achille Castiglioni

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Achille Castiglioni

He was born in Milan on February 16, 1918 and graduated in Architecture in 1944. Since 1940 he has been experimenting on industrial product with his brothers Livio (1911-1979) and Pier Giacomo (1913-1968).

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