It was 1983 when Achille Castiglioni imagined a subtle presence, dynamic in its composition, flexible in its overall articulated design, whose scope was to host houseplants in their own pots, held up by round small plates (as if they were caring hands) displayed regularly along all the height of the structure. Horizontally, each item can be turned around by 120 degrees, so to better arrange plants of different sizes to better benefit from the daylight, on this little indoor ‘vertical wood’.

Albero, in other words, the invention of a typology that is unique in recent history, which only an eclectic catalogue such as Zanotta’s one could contain, greet and promote, and which has probably just one precedent: the little pot holders that Pierre Chareau realised together with the supportive help of the blacksmith Dalbet, for the legendary Maison de Verre’s ‘machine to live’.


Design Achille Castiglioni – 1983