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Not just a leader in the field of Italian kitchen design, but a company concerned with the environment and the wellbeing of its clients. This is the philosophy underpinning the Valcucine brand. Founded in 1980 by Giovanni Dino Cappellotto, Gabriele Centazzo, Franco Corbetta and Silvio Verardo, the new Italian brand soon brought the young kitchen […]

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Not just a leader in the field of Italian kitchen design, but a company concerned with the environment and the wellbeing of its clients. This is the philosophy underpinning the Valcucine brand.

Founded in 1980 by Giovanni Dino Cappellotto, Gabriele Centazzo, Franco Corbetta and Silvio Verardo, the new Italian brand soon brought the young kitchen furniture designers to the attention of a global audience.

From their very first year of trading, Valcucine kitchens became synonymous with innovation and style, maintaining the high standards of the Italian furnishing tradition with the exceptional quality of their materials. They used new technology and made small but significant modifications to the classical concept of kitchen design and their first big success came in 1981 with “Ghianda”. It was characterized by beveled edges and curving “soft lines”. Two years later, Valcucine launched “5 Seasons”, the first line of kitchen furniture to use the just-in-time method, which allowed  the color of the modular doors to be changed with just an insert of silicon.

Valcucine’s groundbreaking work continued throughout the late 1980’s and the 1990’s and other innovations followed including “Artematica” in 1988, the first kitchen door in the world where the aluminium frame was invisible.  “Ricicla” followed, offering quality and strength in a panel just 2mm thick. Another innovative solution came with the “Logica system”, the new ergonomically designed kitchen furniture system.

At the 2006 European kitchen furniture fair Eurocucina, Valcucine and the famous Italian kitchen accessories brand Alessi worked on a joint project to create and completely “dress” a kitchen. Created by Italian designer Alessandro Mendini, LaCucinaAlessi was a total concept which offered customized designs, easily adapted to any kind of space and which carried the guarantee of high quality and unmistakable style epitomized by the two leading brands in Italian kitchen furniture.

The same year saw the launch of the DEMODE project. DEMODE stands for Democratic Modern Design, and is at the core of Valcucine’s work. In an economy with almost unlimited possibilities, where everyone can have everything without depriving the others, why can’t we found a society based on respect for humanity and the environment? To live better without using many resources is the aim of the non-growth concept, which Valcucine has been applying throughout its 40 years in business.

Valcucine’s concern for the environment and man’s needs has always played a fundamental role in its revolutionary inventions. The needs of the client are of course fundamental to every design, but its commitment to environmental causes is also evident in every project the Italian company launches. Valcucine’s efforts to make eco-friendly designs led, in 2009, to “Invitrum”, the first kitchen line that has recyclable base units made of  glass and aluminium. After years of research they have finally reached their goal of creating an eco-friendly kitchen without sacrificing quality and elegance.

Its success has led Valcucine to expand into new areas,  from the living room to the laundryroom. Valcucine living rooms are large, comfortable and elegant, offering a relaxing for people to spend their free time. Valcucine has also revived the old tradition of washing by hand into modern homes, through a newly organized laundry space completely designed around this important activity.

Their determination to find new interior design solutions suitable for every need while also respecting the environment has resulted in Valcucine being given many awards, including the Confindustria Award of Excellence in 2006 as well as many nominations for the best Italian design project. With an annual turnover of about 35 million Euros and stores spread over the entire globe, Valcucine is a  testament to the fact that respect for the environment and eco- friendly solutions can live happily side by side with quality, style and elegance.

Valcucine S.p.A.
Via Luciano Savio, 11
33170 Pordenone, Italy
Tel: [+39] 0434 517911
Fax: [+39] 0434 572344
Web: http://www.valcucine.it

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Poliform is a family business that, through years of hard work and its resultant success, has become one of the most iconic Italian brands in the interior design sector. Its slogan is “My life, my style” and this philosophy is reflected in its products: custom-made pieces of modern furniture suitable for everyone. Founded in 1970 […]

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Poliform is a family business that, through years of hard work and its resultant success, has become one of the most iconic Italian brands in the interior design sector. Its slogan is “My life, my style” and this philosophy is reflected in its products: custom-made pieces of modern furniture suitable for everyone.

Founded in 1970 in Brianza, the cradle of the furniture Italian industry in the north of Italy, Poliform was actually an extension a little family workshop dating back to 1942. Never forgetting its woodcarving roots, the reinvented company specialized in producing home furniture on an industrial scale, soon becoming one of the Italian market leaders in interior design.

The leadership of Giovanni Anzani, Alberto Spinelli and Aldo Spinelli, still CEOs and President of the Italian brand, has led Poliform to a yearly turnover of about 100 million Euros and to extend the brand’s unmistakable quality and style into ever new fields, reaching almost 80 countries in the world. Poliform’s great strength is the ease and speed with which it adapts its range to the constantly evolving furniture market.

The Italian furniture brand went on to develop new lines designed for the whole house, using the best and most famous Italian interior designers. It began with its famous range of closets and beds, furnishing, bookshelves, tables and chairs and then finally created an upholstery line in 2006.

Some of its iconic products include Carlo Colombo’s contemporary modular sofa “Shangai” and the “Strip chair”, which has a polyurethane body with removable cushions inspired by the shell system. There’s also the work of Studio Kairos, this Roman design duo winning of different awards for their designs for Poliform. Other designers who have worked with Poliform include Vincent Van Duysen, Paolo Piva and Roberto Lazzeroni, who made their mark on the Poliform and Varenna lines.

In 1996, with the launch of the Varenna kitchen brand, Poliform moved into kitchen furniture design. With its simple, elegant lines and shapes, Varenna kitchen furniture can be easily fitted in all kinds of spaces, adapting to different uses. Varenna’s strength lies in how it tackles the basic problem of kitchens: organization of inner space. Its modular system reinforces the rule that the more inner space a kitchen offers, the more functional it is.

Poliform designs are not only focussed on private homes but also the hospitality and office sectors. The Poliform Contract collection specializes in “dressing” open spaces destined for different activities: from hotels to yachts, from offices to large residential and commercial projects.

Poliform’s involvement in the most prestigious and top quality projects such as the Presidential Chambers of the Clinton Library in Little Rock, or London’s West End Quay, only serves to underline the extraordinary quality of this Italian family company’s designs.

Poliform S.p.a.
Via Montesanto, 28
22044 Inverigo (Como), Italy
Tel: [+39] 031 6951
Fax: [+39] 031 699444
Web: http://www.poliform.it
Email:  info@poliform.it

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In 1959, Pasquale Natuzzi, the 19-year-old son of a cabinetmaker, decided to start up on his own and, with the help of three colleagues, opened a workshop in the southern Italian city of Taranto, where he began producing hand-made leather armchairs and sofas. This was the birth of the Natuzzi Group, now a leading company […]

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In 1959, Pasquale Natuzzi, the 19-year-old son of a cabinetmaker, decided to start up on his own and, with the help of three colleagues, opened a workshop in the southern Italian city of Taranto, where he began producing hand-made leather armchairs and sofas. This was the birth of the Natuzzi Group, now a leading company in the leather furniture and interior design sectors.

With all the impetuousness and confidence of youth,  Pasquale Natuzzi rapidly expanded his business, moving the production of Natuzzi leather furniture to Matera. But the new factory – Natuzzi Salotti Srl (founded in 1972) – was hit by misfortune when a fire destroyed the plant. However Pasquale Natuzzi was not to be defeated: the new corporate headquarters were moved to Bari, where they remain to this day.
The Natuzzi group expanded and their leather furniture became world famous, thanks to their participation in the late 1970’s in a furnishings fair in Bari. The contacts they made with the Middle East and Eastern Europe allowed the Natuzzi Group to increase its export market. But the turning point came in the 1980’s, when the Natuzzi leather sofa makes its triumphal entry into the American market.
While on a trip to the USA, Pasquale Natuzzi signed an agreement with American department store Macy’s to begin distributing Natuzzi leather sofas across America. It was a revolution in the US home furnishings market. A Natuzzi leather sofa sold for  $999, one-third of the usual price for a sofa of the same quality and materials. This meant the “democratization” of the leather sofa: every American citizen could buy a piece of Italian-designed furniture, with its distinctive quality, fine materials and its innovative, modern shape.
The relationship between the Italian brand and the American market continued to grow and led to the opening of Natuzzi Upholstery Inc., in New York, in 1985. The company was created to distribute and sell Natuzzi products in North America. In 1998 it was followed by High Point, an innovative building designed by Mario Bellini (also responsible for several collections of Natuzzi leather sofas) which hosts Natuzzi America’s headquarters and showroom. Besides the US market, Natuzzi leather furniture became famous in the whole Europe, in Asia and even Australia.
Natuzzi’s philosophy is that of comfortable living. Their chairs and sofas are studied to fit into the home and lifestyle of every type of customer, to help them enjoy their leisure-time and to make their house a comfortable place to be. The use of new materials, combined with traditional style and the use of advanced technologies, have enabled the group to launch innovative products like the ‘sectional recliner’ concept applied to leather armchairs and sofas. Another icon of the Italian brand is the “sound” chair, a leather armchair equipped with a sound system that can be connected to your portable music player, so you can listen to your music in total relaxation. A special version has recently been re-launched to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the founding of the Italian republic.
Natuzzi offers “total-living” solutions for home furnishing through a franchise chain called Divani & Divani by Natuzzi, created in 1990 and which now has almost 300 flagship stores all around the world including Italy, Greece, Portugal, France, Switzerland and China. Alongside the Natuzzi brand is Italsofa, introduced in 2000 to produce a more affordable line of sofas and armchairs, while Natuzzi Editions is dedicated to the distribution of the Italian-designed furniture and furnishing accessories on a global scale.
Natuzzi is now the biggest Italian company in the home furnishings market  and the global leader in the leather sofa sector. With an annual turnover of about 520 million Euros, the Natuzzi Group is still under the control of its founder, Pasquale Natuzzi, who has never lost his passion for his work. The holding company Natuzzi Spa is the only non-American furnishing company quoted on the Wall St Stock Exchange since 1993. This reflects just what this simple furnishings business has evolved into in its 50 years of activity.

Natuzzi Spa
Via Iazzitiello, 47
70029 Santeramo in Colle (Bari), Italy
Web: www.natuzzi.com

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Minotti furniture is renowned in the world of luxury Italian interior design. Its blend of the traditional and the modern, its innovative use of new materials and fabrics and its talented designers has resulted in the company establishing a reputation for excellence all over the globe. In the 1950’s the Italian furniture industry was going […]

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Minotti furniture is renowned in the world of luxury Italian interior design. Its blend of the traditional and the modern, its innovative use of new materials and fabrics and its talented designers has resulted in the company establishing a reputation for excellence all over the globe.

In the 1950’s the Italian furniture industry was going through a boom period and Italian furniture in particular was gaining a reputation for style and high quality. It was during this period that Alberto Minotti was inspired to set up a furniture factory specializing in hand crafted pieces. He began making luxury items which were created with typical Italian style and quality and his pieces soon became very popular. This success meant that the initially small business expanded quite significantly in the 1960’s.

Even with larger production, Minotti furniture was not reaching a global clientele until Renato and Roberto Minotti took over the company and brought the Minotti brand to the international market. They set up a collaboration with designer and architect Rodolfo Dordoni, who was made creative head of the group in 1997.

Minotti’s key to success was its blending of the traditonal and the contemporary without sacrificing elegance or quality. They are particularly known for their use of textiles. From leather and soft velvet to cotton and cashmere, Minotti’s textile collection offers a wide range of fabrics to choose from. Minotti offers its clients the ability to create a total lifestyle look, choosing products which best reflect their individual style.  The Italian design company is now synonymous with luxury and exceptional design with that unmistakeable ‘made-in-italy’ cachet.

For the Minotti group, research and innovation are fundamental, hence the creation of Minotti Studio: a creative department where a team of designers can work on new ideas, study new trends and design innovations and experiment with new materials and fabrics. The Studio allows them to see every product through from the first sketch to the production phase.

Minotti Studio is the birthplace of every Minotti furniture collection and their lines cover interiors, outdoor designs and contract work for hotels, residential areas, bar, restaurants, museums, theatres, yachts and boutiques all over the world.

Minotti has become a standard bearer for the very best in luxurious Italian style and now has a flagship showroom in the West Hollywood Design District, a fitting star-spangled location for this truly exceptional brand.

Minotti S.p.a.

Via Indipendenza, 152 P.O.Box Numero 61,
20821 Meda (Monza Brianza), Italy
Tal: [+39] 0362 343499
Fax: [+39] 0362 340319
Web: http://www.minotti.it
Email:  info@minotti.it

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Introducing plastic to the home. This was the challenge and final aim which Kartell contemporary furniture was firstly created with. 62 years if company history marked by innovative design products that have led Kartell Italian design to be one of the most appreciated in the whole world, a leader in its sector. Back in 1949 […]

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Introducing plastic to the home. This was the challenge and final aim which Kartell contemporary furniture was firstly created with. 62 years if company history marked by innovative design products that have led Kartell Italian design to be one of the most appreciated in the whole world, a leader in its sector.

Back in 1949 the chemical engineer Giulio Cartelli decided to start a new kind of business by producing plastic items: at first he limited his production to car accessories, then expanded it to household goods, laboratory equipment and finally to the lamps, chairs and home ware that are now the most representative products of Kartell.

Giulio Cartelli wanted to bring revolutionary modifications into the world of home furniture and laboratory instruments, introducing plastic as the main material used in his products, thus substituting glass (in laboratories) or any other hardware. His challenge based on a continuous technological research and care to the design led Kartell contemporary furniture to be ahead to the interior design world.

In the 60’s and 70’s Kartell consolidated his already high position in the Italian interior design sector, but it was in 1972 that the Italian brand caught the eye of an international public. Kartell was invited by the MOMA of New York to take part in “Italy, the new domestic landscape”, an exhibition totally dedicated to the Italian furnishing design. Kartell presented three prototypes of interior design elements created by the famous designers Gae Aulenti, Ettore Sottsass and Marco Zanuso, which are still part of the permanent collection of the museum.

The turning point had come, Kartell contemporary furniture was launched on the international market. Every Kartell product bear the “made-in-Italy” label, a guarantee of high quality and modern style, along with the production progress and new technologies applied to achieve always best results.

Kartell home furniture history is marked by a series of icons that left Kartell’s typical imprint on the world of interior design. The Kartell catalogue of best sellers includes chairs, lamps, tables and home accessories. In the lighting systems, the Bourgie lamp created by Ferruccio Laviani is without any doubt one of the most worldwide known table lamp of the history. Its baroque-like style mixed with the modernity of its material, give this lamp a unique image that has become an icon in the public’s imaginary. Bourgie’s versatility of use allows it to be placed in every room, illuminating it with a myriad of reflections.

Kartell cult objects aren’t limited only to home furniture, but they can be found also in offices and public spaces. The Maui chair created by Vico Magistretti is commonly used in lecture rooms, for example, because its light shape allows piling it up easily. The same characteristics can be found on Lamarie by Philippe Starck: transparent and colored, its plastic materials make it very light and resistant, suitable to every occasion. The same famous designer Philippe Starck launched a plastic armchair that revolutioned the classical outdoor design. The bubble line signed by Kartell and made of mass-colored polyethylene set the trend of a new concept of “industrial living-rooms” made entirely of plastic.

Kartell’s aim was not only to introduce plastic in home furniture, but also to change laboratory’s habits replacing glass with polythene materials. With the slogan “plastic like science”, in the 80’s Kartell started to support its Labware division. With an eye always focused on the innovations and new technologies, Kartell finally reached its goal and the lab ware sector became so important that it came to represent one third of the Italian company’s production.

Kartell Italian design bears the signature of various famous designers from all over the world. Since the 90’s Kartell has signed collaborations with important names such as Antonio Citterio, Ron Arad, Piero Lissoni, Alberto Meda or Patricia Urquiola, all under the guide of Claudio Luti, Kartell’s Chairman since 1988. Their creativity mixed with Kartell’s constant attention to new technologies and production solutions has led the company to win several awards, among which the “Compasso d’oro alla carriera” to Kartell for its constant research and development and to Centrokappa, the Kartell’s brand created for Italian design image development and promotion.

Together with the awards, witnesses of the importance Kartell contemporary furniture has reached over the years are the exhibitions dedicated to the Italian firm, and the Kartell museum, which include the cult objects that have marked the history of interior as well as industrial design. Setting a record-turnover of about 120 millions of Euros, the Italian brand with its flagship stores and point of sales present all over the world is now internationally recognized as a synonym of innovative design, creativity and style.

Kartell S.p.a.
Via delle industrie, 1
20082 Noviglio (Milano), Italy
Tel: [+39] 02 900121
Fax: [+39] 02 9053316
Web: http://www.kartell.it
Email:  kartell@kartell.it

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Flos, ( Latin for flower), has now become  synonymous with interior and outdoor lighting all over the world, with its typical “made-in-Italy” high quality and elegant style. Founded almost 50 years ago in the north of Italy in a small workshop, it has blossomed to become one of the world’s leading lighting systems companies. In […]

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Flos, ( Latin for flower), has now become  synonymous with interior and outdoor lighting all over the world, with its typical “made-in-Italy” high quality and elegant style. Founded almost 50 years ago in the north of Italy in a small workshop, it has blossomed to become one of the world’s leading lighting systems companies.

In 1962 Dino Gavina and Cesare Cassina opened their own workshop to produce modern lamps with innovative techniques and materials, working in collaboration with Arturo Eisenkeil, an important American manufacturertrader of a new polyamide material. Right from the start, Flos began working with the word’s most famous and successful interior designers, such as  Achille and Pier Giacomo Castiglioni and Tobia Scarpa and from 1964 Sergio Gandini, who became first its CEO, then its President. High quality, futuristic design and new materials are the key factors that have led to the success of Flos lighting designs.
The turning point for Flos came with the revolutionary materials used to create their lamps. The first innovation was the use of the cocoon, a highly plastic material developed in the USA and used principally for packaging. Their search for innovation continued in the 1970’s, when they took over Arteluce, a well-established Italian lighting systems company founded in 1936 by Gino Scarfati. Various models of lamp created by the previous designer were adopted by the new market leader, Flos.
Flos’ history is full of important breakthroughs – a whole catalog of icons that have expanded our choice of lighting systems. These include Parentesi, the swing lamp designed in 1971 by Achille Castiglioni and Pio Manzù, whose vertical movement is effected by a steel tube sliding along a cable between the floor and the core of the lamp. The Castiglioni brothers also invented Arco, the innovative standard lamp designed in 1962 but still in vogue today. From the beautiful marble base a stainless steel adjustable arc rises to support the bulb. A real masterpiece of interior design.
Another reveolutionary engineering invention was Archimoon. A family of lamps, which includes the famous soft table lamp designed by Philippe Starck and notable for its use of a double-diffuser. Starck also created the Romeo series, including the Romeo Moon and Romeo Babe, suspension lamps with different frames, Miss Sissi, the small, colored icon of the table lighting system, inspired by the classical abat-jour (diffused reflector) and the more modern and plain Ktribe series.
Among  the suspension lamps is the Skygarden created by Marcel Wanders, using natural chalk as a new material to create lighting solutions. The soft effect of the light makes it a real icon. There are many other models in the catalog, created by such designers as Gino Sarfatti, Rodolfo Dordoni, Antonio Citterio snd Joris Laarman – Flos is always looking for new ways to brighten our lives!
Yes, our lives, not just our homes. Flos lighting systems don’t stop at the indoor fixtures, but include ranges for outdoor lighting, as well as special projects that have brought revolutionary Flos interior and outdoor lighting to hotels, museums, offices, retail outlets and even religious buildings.
During 50 years in business, the Italian company has built a true interior and outdoor lighting empire, which has resulted in many accolades, including several “Golden Compass” prizes for their innovative creations. Now the world famous leader in lighting systems has reached an annual turnover of about 130 million Euros, thanks also to its merger with Antares, the Spanish giant of the lighting industry, acquired in 2005. Flos’ luxurious modern creations now illuminate every corner of the world.

Flos S.p.a.
Via Angelo Faini, 2
25073, Bovezzo (Brescia), Italy
Tel: [+39] 03024381
Fax: [+39] 0302438250
Mail: info@flos.it
Web: http://www.flos.it

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Innovation, elegance and quality are what make Boffi interior design one of the leaders in the international furnishing market. The Italian manufacturer is known worldwide for its kitchens and bathrooms and has now started creating storage solutions including some revolutionary closet storage systems. Boffi’s origins are deeply rooted in the family business. The company was […]

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Innovation, elegance and quality are what make Boffi interior design one of the leaders in the international furnishing market. The Italian manufacturer is known worldwide for its kitchens and bathrooms and has now started creating storage solutions including some revolutionary closet storage systems.

Boffi’s origins are deeply rooted in the family business. The company was set up by Piero Boffi in 1934, when he opened his own manufacturing factory and in the 1950’s he passed it to his sons. With Dino, Paolo and Pier Ugo Boffi at the helm, Boffi began to pave its way in the world of interior design.

Boffi worked in collaboration with  some of the most talented and well-known designers of the time. Giulio Confalonieri was Boffi’s graphic designer from 1950 to 1965 while Luigi Massoni Art Director (from 1960 to 1980). Working with these big names in furniture design resulted in Boffi becoming one of the leading companies of its sector, and Boffi kitchen and bathroom designs were soon world famous for their quality and style.

Boffi’s history is full of successes and breakthroughs, beginning with their first colored kitchens collection “Series C”, designed by Asti, Favre and Boffi in 1954. Boffi kitchens were launched on the world stage as modern, high quality, innovative products while maintaining Italian furnishing traditions.

In 1960 Gian Casé and Pier Ugo Boffi created the “T 12” series, bringing laminate and wood into the world of kitchen furniture. In 1963, Joe Colombo, the Italian architect and interior designer, totally overturned the classical concept of the kitchen by introducing  Boffi’s “Minikitchen”. Merging the “total-living” concept with the needs of modern families, Colombo created a revolutionary kitchen solution The space-saving design was fully- functional and contained everything you could need in a kitchen from the stove and refrigerator to drawers for tableware, worktops  and even space to store cookbooks. This new Boffi interior design product, called the Carrellone Mini-Kitchen earned Boffi a gold medal  at the Triennale di Milano and it was sold all over the world.

Their never-ending search for new materials and technologies to create ever better solutions for families has led over the years to the employment of many new techniques such as bright lacquer painting. “Factory” is an example of Boffi lacquered furniture. Created by Antonio Citterio and Paolo Nava in 1980, it is a  fusion of storage and high-tech design.

In the 1980’s, given ithe success of Boffi kitchens, the company decided to expand its activity and created the Boffi Bathroom design brand. The year 1998 was marked by two historic Boffi bathroom designs: “I Fiumi” by Claudio Silvestrin and “Minimal” by Giulio Gianturco. The first line included a series of shelves and units for bathroom using a folding technique that allows the unit to appear to be one piece, while “Minimal” is a simple uncluttered line of bathroom furniture and accessories, suitable for every space. Boffi bathroom’s have involved the collaboration of other famous names such as Norbert Wangen and Naoto Fukasawa who recently designed the Terra bathtub and the Sabbia bath system.

In the last decade, Boffi has expanded into creating storage systems that rationalize space. The first design was “Anthea” in 2006, a wall partition system designed by Studio Kairos to divide living spaces (separating a dining from a living area for example) and exploiting  the space on hand as much as possible. In 2010 the totally innovative “Solferino” closet system was added to Boffi’s product range and highlighting the company’s new vision of “total-living”. The same year also saw the launch of “Aboutwater”, a new project in collaboration with the faucet manufacturer Fantini combining the successful qualities of the two brands.

Boffi kitchen and bathroom design is one of the world leaders in the interior design sector, amply demonstrated by its awards and certifications, among which is ISO certification. This accolade is given to companies which have focussed on sustainable design, as Boffi has always done throughout its history.

Sustainability, first rate materials, innovative techniques and an unmistakable style are at the core of this Italian interior design giant which has an annual turnover of almost 60 million Euros and has 23 flagship stores and 41  mono-brand stores in every part of the world, from Europe to the Middle East, from the US to New Zealand.

Boffi S.p.A.
Via Oberdan, 70
20823 Lentate sul Seveso (Monza Brianza), Italy
Tel: [+39] 0362 5341
Web: http://www.boffi.it
Email:  info@boffi.it

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B&B Italia is one of the most well-known Italian furnishing manufacturers in the world. Founded in 1966 by the entrepreneur Piero Ambrogio Busnelli, the success of the Italian brand has been built on its ability to interpret contemporary culture, taste and lifestyle and translate them into  modern pieces of furniture which are also works of […]

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B&B Italia is one of the most well-known Italian furnishing manufacturers in the world. Founded in 1966 by the entrepreneur Piero Ambrogio Busnelli, the success of the Italian brand has been built on its ability to interpret contemporary culture, taste and lifestyle and translate them into  modern pieces of furniture which are also works of art.

The Italian brand began life in the 1960’s, an era when the made-in-Italy ethos was having an impact on international fashion and design. B&B Italia’s modern furniture caught the public mood with its unique mix of traditional Italian quality and the use of new technologies applied to the production processes.

B&B Italia’s designs are achieved using revolutionary technology such as injection molding (cold shaped polyurethane foam). These techniques led to the creation of custom-made icons like the Coronado sofa, one of the first classic piece of home furniture from two great artists of modern design, Afra and Tobia Scarpa. In the Seventies Scarpa creations such as the Arona chair, made of expensive woods like ebony and rosewood and combined with leather or refined weave, led to B&B Italia creating its new line, Maxalto.

Maxalto home furniture merged classic elements of traditional Italian interior design with contemporary lines and shapes and then used new technology to produce these custom-made designs. Maxalto led to B&B Italia becoming the first company to win the “Golden Compass” award in 1989 for the contribution it had made to Italian design history. Usually the prize was only for products.

Moving into the 1990’s, B&B Italia continued with its new and innovative custom-made designs. 1989 was the year of Domus, a system of bookcases and wall shelving with a new vertical sliding door mechanism that radically the way people looked at walls in their houses. Harry (1995) and Charles (1997) were new concepts in chaise longue end units and also launched the career of interior designer Antonio Citterio who went on to design many more pieces for Maxalto.

Citterio worked side by side with Patricia Urquiola, who designed the Canasta collection, the first designs for the B&B Italia Outdoor furniture line. The company philosophy was to extend the style, comfort and custom-made quality of interior design to the garden and patio setting, this ensuring every part of its customers lives was perfect!  Following this B&B moved into the world of offices and workplace furnishing as well as the marine market, creating furniture for boats and yachts.

In 2006, the company signed an important agreement with Dutch furnishing accessories and lighting firm, MOOOI. Its art director Marcel Wanders works alongside designers from the Italian brand, maximizing their joint passion for innovative design while maintaining their individual styles. All to achieve their common goal: spreading exciting  modern design around the world.

In 2011, the Busnelli family regained full control of the company which had latterly been under the direction of the Opera Fund. Giorgio and Emanuele Busnelli, President and Director respectively of B&B Italia, have retained the family business characteristics and philosophy while bringing the Italian brand to the top of the modern design sector, with stores in every corner of the globe and which had an annual turnover of 156 million Euros in 2010.

B&B Italia used modern, controversial ad campaigns to get public attention for its innovative designs, using the work of Italian photographer Oliviero Toscani. His photos showing Andy Wharol’s muse, Donna Jordan, sitting half-naked on a “Bambole” sofa, that cult piece of modern interior design by Mario Bellini, caused a global scandal and helped raise the company profile. The ad was recently re-edited in a new campaign showing two serious ( fully dressed) girls on the same, restyled sofa.

Over the years, the Italian brand has expanded its lines, from interior design to outdoor furniture, from home accessories to retail areas, offices, hotels and boats. But B&B has never lost site of its main ethos –  designing exclusive, top quality innovative furniture aimed at satisfying its customers every need.

B&B ITALIA S.p.a.

Strada Provinciale 32
22060 Novedrate (Como), Italia
Tel: [+39] 031 795 111
Fax: [+39] 031 791 592
Web: www.bebitalia.com
Email:  info@bebitalia.com

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Thanks to its innovative design values, Artemide – founded in the sixties near Milan by Ernesto Gismondi and Sergio Mazza – rapidly established itself as a leader in the architectural lighting industry. The company’s growth has been marked by several accolades. Back in 1967, Artemide gained its first Compasso d’Oro Award – the most prestigious […]

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Thanks to its innovative design values, Artemide – founded in the sixties near Milan by Ernesto Gismondi and Sergio Mazza – rapidly established itself as a leader in the architectural lighting industry.

The company’s growth has been marked by several accolades. Back in 1967, Artemide gained its first Compasso d’Oro Award – the most prestigious Italian reward in Industrial Design – thanks to the Eclisse Lamp designed by Vico Magistretti, one of the greatest Italian industrial and furniture designers. But it was in the 70’s and 80’s that the brand reached the height of its success.
1972 was the year of Tizio, a functional desk lamp with a halogen light created by the German industrial designer Richard Sapper. Its groundbreaking element is in its construction: the transformer situated in the base allows the current pulse to light the bulb without the need for wiring. This allows the lamp to preserve an elegant shape and to be easily installed in various locations.
But the lamp that enabled Artemide to become a leading brand in the lighting industry is Tolomeo, created in 1986 by Italian designers Michele de Lucchi and Giancarlo Fassina. Tolomeo soon became an icon in the design world and earned Artemide another Compasso d’Oro Award in 1989. The secret of Tolomeo’s success was its innovative design and its flexibility. Having arms and head that can be adjusted in any direction thanks to a hidden spring system, Tolomeo was designed to satisfy all requirements, while preservino its clean lines.
Throughout the years, both lamps have established themselves as perennial classics and their design has been developed and adapted for different uses. But other Artemide lamps are deserving of mention; deserve to be mentioned, including Pipe and Itis. The Pipe standard lamp  , designed in 2004 by Swiss Architecture and Design Studio Herzog & Demeuron, is notable for its refined stainless steel adjustable body and diffused light. Itis is an extremely flexible table lamp, whose main innovation is its low energy LED system providing an intense and warm light.
Additional proof of Artemide’s innovation and creativity in terms of design, is the inclusion of some of the most iconic models in important collections at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, MoMA Museum of Modern Art in New York, Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris, Victoria and Albert Museum in London, to name but a few.
Product development has always played a central role at Artemide. In 1996 the company also launched ‘The Human Light’ project that encompasses Artemide’s philosophy and vision. The underlying revolutionary idea is to put Man at the center of the project and create products able to meet people’s needs according to space and time. With ‘The Human Light’ project, lighting is pushed a step forward, not only in terms of functionality and design, but also in terms of Man’s wellbeing.
As well as considering human needs, Artemide also supports the environmental through a strong commitment to promoting Energy-saving systems, in order to minimize power consumption.
The prestige of its name has led Artemide to include in its catalog different kind of lighting solutions apart from the classical lamps. The company has expanded its activities worldwide, with showrooms and flagship stores in Europe, USA, Asia and South America. Global turnover has reached  more than 100 million euros.
In recent years, the Artemide Group, in collaboration with important figures (including the famous Italian photographer Oliviero Toscani) has carried out a promotional campaign  that resulted in its winning the “Leone di bronzo” at the Cannes international advertising festival in 1999. More recently, the Artemide Group has carried out important architectural projects such as the lighting design system for Pirelli’s Headquarters and for Shanghai’s F1 circuit.

Artemide  S.p.A. – Artemide  Group S.p.A.
Via Bergamo 18
20010 – Pregnana Milanese (MI) Italy
Tel. (+39) 0293518.1 – 93526.1
Fax (+39) 0293590254 – 93590496
Web: http://www.artemide.com/
Emai: info@artemide.com

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Alessi has become the most renowned Italian manufacturer of household products by transforming the public’s perception of basic items used in the home. Their coffee makers, corkscrews and juicers have transcended functional use and become whimsical objects of desire, proudly displayed like fine art. The company was founded in 1921 by Giovanni Alessi, near Lago […]

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Alessi has become the most renowned Italian manufacturer of household products by transforming the public’s perception of basic items used in the home. Their coffee makers, corkscrews and juicers have transcended functional use and become whimsical objects of desire, proudly displayed like fine art.

The company was founded in 1921 by Giovanni Alessi, near Lago d’Orta in the Italian Alps, an area traditionally strong in metal craftwork. Upon the arrival of Giovanni’s son, Carlo Alessi, a trained industrial designer, the company started pursuing original designs beyond fabricating everyday objects. One of Carlo’s best creations was the Bombé coffee and tea service, which quickly became recognized for its simple and sensuous forms.

During the post-War economic boom, Ettore Alessi, Carlo’s brother, joined the firm as a technician. His main contribution was to supplement in-house creative work with independent designers to fashion modern products for restaurants and hotels. A prime example of this effort was the iconic Programme 4.  That line’s cocktail shaker and tabletop serving items are still in service today in many upmarket bars and restaurants around the world.

While Alessi grew into an internationally renowned firm during the 1970s, with a catalog of well-designed and crafted products, another generation of the family began working with the firm. Carlo’s son, Alberto Alessi (who later took over as CEO and still heads the company), brought in new creative energies by starting a long-term collaboration with some of Italy’s best-known industrial designers, such as Alessandro Mendini, Ettore Sottsass and Achille Castiglioni.

A particularly successful relationship with Richard Sapper, the Munich-born industrial designer working in Milan, resulted in such famous products as the 9090 espresso maker (winner of the 1979 Compasso d’Oro, the most prestigious Italian design award) and the two-tone whistle kettle Melodic (1983). Another highly innovative program started by Alberto Alessi and Sapper, well before the current culture of celebrity chefs, was the Cintura di Orione, which produced high-end pots and pans working in concert with world-class chefs (including Raymond Thuilier, the grandfather of French cuisine, Pierre and Michel Troisgros, the Lyon-based masters of Nouvelle Cuisine, and Gualtiero Marchesi, the star of modern Italian cooking).

Then, riding the post-modernist wave, Alessi raised the stakes again, by spearheading design collaborations with famous architects, including Michael Graves, Richard Meier, Aldo Rossi, Paolo Portoghesi and Robert Venturi. The result was Tea & Coffee Piazza (1983), a limited edition collection produced in silver – a first for the company. The success of this project fostered the development of several mass-produced, highly successful designs, such as Aldo Rossi’s La cupola and La conica coffee makers, and Michael Graves’s Kettle with bird and Mantel clock.

The stable of world-class designers working with Alessi grew to include Phillippe Starck, Andrea Branzi, Marcel Wanders, Ron Arad, Mario Botta and many others (the company has formed partnerships with more than 500 independent creative professionals over the years). A signature design from the 1990s is the three-legged juicer by Starck,Juicy Salif, one of the company’s best selling items to date. Other iconic products from that period are Mendini’sAnna G corkscrew, Branzi’s Mama-ò kettle, and Botta’s Mia and Tua pitchers.

At the turn of the new century, the firm began producing a growing catalog of whimsical objects in materials other than metal, such as plastics, gels and woods, in a riot of colors. A new generation of designers, including Biagio Cisotti, Stefano Giovannoni and Karim Rashid have been at the forefront of this movement, with Cisotti’s amusing Diabolix or ‘Little Devil’ Bottle Opener, Giovannoni’s Merdolino toilet brush and Rashid’s Kaj wristwatch. Alessi has also revived its design program with architects, launching in 2004 Tea & Coffee Towers, with designs by Zaha Hadid, Toyo Ito and Jean Nouvel, among others.

More recently, the company has started developing larger families of objects, based on a single basic shape or research idea, such as the Marli aerodynamic collection by Steven Blaess (ranging from bottle openers to baskets, fruit holders, wall hooks and key rings), the Cactus line in perforated metal by Marta Sansoni (including mugs, glass jars, trays, bowls, baskets, napkin holders, trivets, etc.), and the Orientales Monkey & Banana series by Stefano Giovannoni (the result of an ongoing collaboration with the National Palace Museum of Taiwan on various products with Asian themes).

Today Alessi offers cutlery, glass, china, tea and coffee sets; kettles, coffee machines and electrical appliances; pots, pans and kitchen knives; home, bar, wine, kitchen and bathroom accessories; clocks, watches and jewellery; office, desktop and even pet objects. The catalog is divided into three different lines: Alessi, the main collection; A di Alessi, with more affordable designs; and Officina Alessi, featuring limited-edition series and more experimental pieces.

The company has continued to foster innovation by partnering with design schools, museums and publishers. Many of its creations have entered the design collections of major museums, including the Museum of Modern Art in New York and the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris. Alberto Alessi travels widely to lead seminars and address conferences around the world. In the last few years the company has expanded its retail network with almost three dozen mono-brand stores, including a New York flagship in SoHo .

Alessi S.p.A.

Via Privata Alessi, 6
28882 Omegna-Crusinallo (VB), Italy
Tel: [+39] 0323 868-611
Fax: [+39] 0323 646-124
Web: http://www.alessi.com

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