Karakter’s Libreria Pensile, by the Italian brothers Achille and Pier Giacomo Castiglioni, could be described as the designers’ exploration on the structure of a bookcase – the design has been stripped down to the bare minimum, making Libreria Pensile a timeless, minimalist piece that is always relevant. Although originally designed in 1957 for books, the hanging shelf unit also serves an attractive display for your favourite decorative objects and house plants or the most beautiful toys in the kids’ room.


Libreria Pensile shelf, lacquered oak


4–5 weeks


105 cm
30 cm
150 cm
Oak, oak veneer, steel wires, anodised aluminium
Maximum load capacity
Gypsum, double sheet: 2 kg / shelf, hollow clay brick: 3 kg / shelf, solid clay brick: 13 kg / shelf, concrete: 20 kg / shelf

Achille & Pier Giacomo Castiglioni

The Italian architect and designer brothers Achille Castiglioni (1918-2002) and Pier Giacomo Castiglioni (1913-1968) are among the greatest names of modern Italian design. Their father was the notable Italian architect Giannino Castiglioni, and also their brother Livio Castiglioni became an architect and designer. Achille and Pier Giacomo both studied architecture at the Politecnico di Milano and later worked there as teachers. Their collaboration was productive and innovative, and the designs were often radical and humorous.

Some of their best-known works include the Mezzadro chair featuring a tractor seat, and many lighting designs for Flos, including the Snoopy table lamp and the floor lamp Toio that is lit by a car headlight. Pier Giacomo, who passed away in 1968, won six Compasso d’Oro awards during his career, and Achille was awarded the prestigious design award nine times.

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