MUMAC will be present at the Triennale in Milan with the La Cimbali Pitagora at the “A Castiglioni” exhibition from 6 October 2018 to 20 January 2019
There is a piece of espresso machine history on show at “A Castiglioni”, the major exhibition dedicated to Achille Castiglioni (1918-2002), one of the most important masters of Italian design, staged at the Triennale di Milano (6 October 2018 – 20 January 2019).
La Cimbali Pitagora
Designed by brothers Achille and Pier Giacomo Castiglioni in 1962 and now one of the stars of MUMAC’s permanent exhibition, La Cimbali Pitagora is an iconic, legendary model, a cult product sought after by collectors and design museums, which, with its futuristic, innovative design, furnished bars for decades, achieving extraordinary, unprecedented global success.
The prestigious victory of the “Compasso d’oro”
An extraordinary modern design with a clean, simple shape which, for the first time, used stainless steel, colour and screen-printing: these are the distinguishing features of the machine, which, in 1962, allowed La Cimbali to win the “Compasso d’Oro”, the world’s oldest and most distinguished design award.
Over 50 years on, this success has still not been rivalled by professional espresso machines, making La Cimbali Pitagora a legend among the international community of baristas and coffee lovers.
Thanks to MUMAC, which for years has been involved in organising loans for museums, exhibitions, trade fairs and cultural institutions in Italy and beyond, La Cimbali Pitagora will not be the only La Cimbali model on show in the exhibition devoted to Achille Castiglioni, one of the founding fathers of the profession and of the Italian design industry, which celebrates the centenary of his birth.
Not only Pitagora: “Cimbalina” and historical documents on display
In the exhibition staged at the Triennale di Milano, visitors will also be able to see the “Cimbalina”, a prototype of a domestic coffee maker (that never went into production) which is the only object of its kind designed by the maestro and is therefore considered particularly valuable by collectors.
MUMAC’s loans for the “A Castiglioni” exhibition also include a series of historical documents, including the explanation for why the La Cimbali Pitagora received the “Compasso d’Oro” award, signed by Giulio Castelli, Franco Momigliano, Augusto Morello, Bruno Munari and Gian Battista Pininfarina.