Edie Cohen -- Interior Design, 3/1/2007 12:00:00 AM
One might suppose that the daughter of Achille Castiglioni would follow in at least some of her father's footsteps. Architecture? Interiors? Industrial design? Graphics? Negative to all. Monica Castiglioni's creative passion is jewelry, which she's been designing and handcrafting nonstop for 28 years.
Her limited-edition bronze or silver rings, necklaces, pendants, and bracelets are big, bold, and, yes, architecturally inclined. They're also light-years removed from the gem-studded baubles found in most shops along Via Montenapoleone in her native Milan, the city where she still lives six months a year and operates a small store and workshop. Called Anthias, it's near the Milano Centrale train station and not far from the studio that her father operated before his death in 2002.
"Many of my artist friends are in Milan, but I don't like the city's grayness and petit bourgeois attitudes," she says. So she spends the other half of the year in New York, where her designs are carried by the likes of Moss, Karkula, and the shop at the Museum of Modern Art.
"I never relied on my father's name. For me, Achille was Babbo. My father. And that's it," she proclaims. "But he did teach me to absorb and to do what I like." Nowadays, that means occasionally putting down her soldering iron and picking up a Nikon camera to shoot photos for herself and this magazine.