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Gino Sarfatti: the Mid-Century Modern light craftsman

Gino Sarfatti, bereft of formal education, had to improvise and create each item by working directly with the craftsmen. His re-interprations of traditional chandeliers in Mid-Century modern style are among his most iconic pieces. Bio Gino Sarfatti (born 16 September 1912, Venice, Italy–died 6 March 1985, Griante, Como, Italy) was an Italian businessman, light and …

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Vico Magistretti: ongoing research

Research by Vico Magistretti has concentred on design, project culture, and innovative experimentation with materials and space solutions. Among his most famous creations: the “Eclisse” (Eclipse) and the “Atollo” (Atol) lamps. Bio Born in 1920 in Milan, the city where he graduated in architecture in 1945, Magistretti developed his professional career, primarily in architecture, urban …

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Brionvega RR226 by Achille and Pier Giacomo Castiglioni

Achille & Pier Giacomo Castiglioni: the light brothers

Castiglioni brothers’ approach to design was innovative, imaginative, and with a touch of humor. Their focus was on producing highly functional lights that were as practical as aesthetic. Their designs are still bestsellers in production today like their famous Arco and Taccia lamps and held in museums around the world. Bio Achille Castiglioni, who was …

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Gio Ponti

Gio Ponti: is there any kind of object that he didn’t design?

Gio Ponti is considered one of the masters of Italian architecture as well as one of the most influential designers of the 20th century. In addition to creating important works of architecture, Gio Ponti designed numerous pieces of furniture using artisanal and contemporary production methods: like the 699 SUPERLEGGERA chair Bio Giovanni Ponti, known as …

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Joe Colombo

Joe Colombo: the pioneer of integrated solutions

Joe Colombo‘s futuristic designs ranged from interiors, to a wide range of products and furniture. His innovative ideas were ergonomic and minimalistic and his home-living solutions integrated furniture, lighting, storage and domotics. His Elda chair – one of the most iconic Mid-Century Modern pieces – offers an unprecedented ergonomic flexibility. Bio Joe Colombo (original name …

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