Italy is world known for a lot of things: Fast cars, amazing ice cream, tasteful pizza and pasta and of course beautiful design.
One of the big companies regarding lighting design i Artemide. It was founded in 1960 in Milano by Ernesto Gismondi and it quickly became one of the leading manufacturer of lighting. Artemide combines design, innovation and functionalty in their design and creates unique timeless lighting.
Together with designer Sergio Mazza the company also produced space age furniture . The Bacca table was a square bar table made of fiber glass with an glass top that could contain bottles and other stuff.
Also the iconic mushroom shaped lamp Nesso is one of the high lights of Artemide. It was designed in 1967 by Giancarlo Mattiolo and the shaped for the lamp was made as an tribute to the sensual shape of a beatiful italian woman’s belly buttton.
Vico Magistretti also designed some iconic design for Artemide. The Telegono lamp is a stunning piece of his design.
But besides Artemide, we also have another big and wellknowned company: Kartell. This italian company was also founded in Milano – the big design capital of Italy. At the beginning Kartell made accessories for cars but in 1963 they started producing interior design products.
The KD29 by Joe Colombo is a beautiful iconic lamp and it comes in a big range of colors.
Also furnitures found its way into the wide range of products and one of the most known must be the storage serie Componibili designed by Anna Castelli. It is still being produced but the eye catching colors from the 70s are more popular than ever.
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