Ettore Sottsass

Ettore Sottsass was an Italian architect and designer active during the second half of the twentieth century. Sottsass is known primarily in association with Memphis, the radical design group he founded in the eighties. However, his lengthy and fruitful career brought forth much more than his brief stint with Memphis, though it remains a defining …

Gaetano Pesce

Gaetano Pesce began his career in the sixties, and ever since, it has been an eclectic mélange of styles, techniques and interpretations. It would be hard to define in a chronological manner: an order doesn’t exist. For a New York exhibition titled “Age of Contaminations” which provides a retrospective of Pesce’s work from 1968 – …

Gio Ponti

Architect, designer, writer, editor – Gio Ponti has been called the “Godfather” of Italian design. With his prolific and extraordinarily diverse oeuvre he left a lasting mark on the development of twentieth century architecture and design. Primarily in his homeland and later, the world.  Gio Ponti’s Beginning Gio Ponti was born in 1891 in Milan, …

Artemide

“We don’t design lamps, we design light in space. We push the limits, we go beyond the idea of object design and focus on creating interactive systems as variable elements in space”, Ernesto Gismondi, the founder of Artemide Company briefly explained the company’s philosophy in Lighting Fields publication. As one of the most famous Italian companies …

B&B Italia

Company was founded as C&B in 1966 by Piero Ambrogio Busnelli, alongside Cesare Cassina, the owner of furniture company Cassina. The first decade of its existence brought a series of exciting innovations which would fundamentally ingrain the enterprise into the international contemporary design scene. The riveting success of the business is illustrated by the fact …