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ANTONIO CITTERIO

Antonio Citterio, born in Meda in 1950 started his architectural and interior design practice in 1972 and graduated in architecture from Milan Polytechnic in 1975.

Between 1987 and 1996 worked in association with Terry Dwan and, together, they created buildings in Europe and Japan.

In 1999, with Patricia Viel, he founded “Antonio Citterio, Patricia Viel and Parters”, a multidisciplinary design firm based in Milan. The studio operates at international level developing complex long-term projects, at any scale in synergy with a qualified network of specialist consultants. There are different types of projects that are implemented: urban designs, residential and commercial complexes, the industrial establishments, the conservative restructurings of public buildings and the planning of spaces for work, offices, showrooms and hotels.

The firm is also active in the sector of corporate communication and implements projects for temporary events and exhibitions. Among its recent projects: the Milan building that is the new corporate headquarters of the Ermenegildo Zegna group; Bulgari Hotels in Milan and Bali, offices and company day nursery in Verona for pharmaceutical multinational GlaxoSmithKline, the Cascina Merlata development in Milan, residential buildings in Milan, Hong Kong and Signapure, the project for the Cultural Centre in Milan, the conversion of the former Post-Office Building in Milan into a major centre for the service industry, and the Museum of Design. The studio took part in numerous restricted national and international competitions: it is UNI EN ISO 9001:2008 certified. In 2007 the monograph Antonio Citerrio: architecture and design was published by the Skira publishing house. Antonio Citterio was awarded the Compasso dOro-ADI in 1987 and 1995. In 2007 he was named Honorary Royal Designer for industry by the British Royal Society of Arts.

In September 2009 the studio changed its name into “Antonio Citterio, Patricia Viel and Partners”.

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ASNAGO & VENDER

Asnago & Vender
Designed for Flexform the Moka chair, the Piano bed and nightstand (1985)

Mario Asnago
Barlassina (MI) 03.25.1896 – Monza 01.28.1981

Claudio Vender
Milano 03.20.1904 – Saronnno 09.23.1986

Both Mario and Claudio received Architecture Certification at the Bologna Institute of Fine Arts in 1922. The first joint projects were for competitions, among which the Como War Memorial. In 1928, after obtaining the right to practice as architects, together they opened the Studio Asnago-Vender Architetti. They were mostly involved in town planning architecture (schools – residence – churches…).

Among the objects designed for interiors were tables and chairs with the characteristic X. The slender structure represents the architectural philosophy of the two designers: surfaces are wide but spaced out with empty spaces that point out the discreet presence of the material, which does not take away lightness, but only part of the stiff evenness that characterizes their interiors.

After Asnago’s retirement in 1971, Vender continued the business with his son Mario and Mario Moganti.

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CARLO COLOMBO

Carlo Colombo designed for Flexform in 2013 the products Clarke, Edmond and Isabel.

Carlo Colombo is considered one of the most important Italian architects and designers. From the very start, he designed for top-level brands. From that moment, he has been collaborating with hundreds of the most important brands of Italian design and Made in Italy: Antonio Lupi, Arflex, Artemide, Cappellini, De Padova, Flou, Flexform, iGuzzini, Moroso, Poliform, Poltrona Frau, Teuco, Varenna, Zanotta, only to cite a few.

In addition to designing products and furniture, Colombo also collaborates with companies on marketing strategies, graphic designs and designing exhibits; he also works as a consultant and art director.

His design work initially concentrated on interiors, and progressively extended to the building sector, in Italy and abroad.

In 2004, he won the title of Designer of the Year; in 2009, he won an international competition for designing the two poly-functional towers in Abu Dhabi and in 2011 taught design at the De Tao Masters Academy in Beijing, China. Among his many recognitions are the Elle Décor International Design Award (2005, 2008, 2010, 2011), the Good Design Award from the European Centre for Architecture Art Design (2009), and The Chicago Athenaeum, the Red Dot Design Award (2012 and 2014), the Interior Innovation Award and the iF design award with Teuco.

Today the firm designs on a large scale throughout the world, from interior design to architecture.

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CINI BOERI

A signature for Flexform in 70s the little Maxi chair, no longer in production

A graduate of Milan’s Polytechnic University in 1951, after an internship at Giò Ponti’s firm, she started a long collaboration with Marco Zanuso. She started her own professional activity in 1963, doing civil architecture and industrial design. In Italy and abroad she designed single-family homes, apartments, museum exhibits, offices and shops, dedicating great attention to the study of functionality of space and the psychological relationship between man and the environment. In the area of industrial design, she has specialized in designing elements for furnishing and components for building.

Various creations of hers are present in museums and international expositions. She has lectured and taught at various Italian and international institutions and universities, including Berkeley, Barcellona, at the Nucleo del Deseno Industrial di Sao Paulo, at the College of Architecture in Rio de Janeiro, at the Cranbrook School of Detroit, at the Southern California Institute of Architecture of Vico Marcote (CH), at the Pacific Design Center and at UCLA in Los Angeles, at the Academy of Architecture in Mendrisio, University of Italian Switzerland.

In `81 ’83 at the Faculty of Architecture at the Milan Polytechnic, she held courses of “architectural design” and “industrial design and furniture”.

She is a member of the Board of Directors of the XVI Triennale in Milan.

She has participated in many juries for international competitions and received numerous international prizes.

She was nominated as an honorary member of ADI, 2012.

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GIULIO MANZONI

Born in 1952, he graduated with honors in architecture from the Milan Polytechnic.

He has collaborated with various institutions including the University of Milan, the University of Pavia, the Venice Biennale, the Comprensorio 8 in Como, the Intercomunale of Pordenone, the Casino of Campione and he collaborates with important Italian and foreign companies in the furniture sector.

Winner of the Leonardo Prize from the Museum of Science and Technology in Milan with the “Riletto”, and of the Professional Design Award in Valencia. Holder of numerous Italian and European patents for inventions, he works prevalently in the field of industrial design, with special attention to the study of poly-functional products and new technologies.

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GUIDO ROSATI

Designed the Winny sofa for Flexform in 1999.

Born in Abruzzo, he moved to Rome in 1970.After his studies in architecture, he dedicated himself to the world of design, where he started experimenting with techniques related to the development of multifunctional furniture.
From the ‘70s to the ‘90s he created several innovative lamps for Fontana Arte, Ve Art, I Tre, Murano Due, Luxo, De Majo, Salviati. At the same time, he also designed sofas for companies like Giovannetti, Uvet, Poltronova, Sofart, Salpol, and Arflex that earned him many prestigious awards.

In recent years, he has collaborated with leading companies in the upholstered furniture world, creating sofa beds for Flexform, BPA International, Désirée, Biesse, Saba, and Milano Bedding. His creative periods have alternated with experiences in other various fields of the design world, such as the creation of hydro-massage bath tubs for Blu Bleu, tubs with an esthetic component that became a trend.

Currently, he is studying the relationship and the effects between product development and the global market.

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JOE COLOMBO

Designed for Flexform Tube chair in 1969, that Flexform has produced till 1976.

After his studies at the Academy of Fine Arts in Brera (Milan), in the early ‘50s he became part of the nuclear painting movement with Enrico Baj.
Shortly thereafter, at the beginning of the ‘60s, he turned his attention to architecture and interior design and started working as a product developer.
Colombo’s works are highly distinguishable not only for the great attention paid to materials, but also for their extreme flexibility and versatility. The Tube Chair and the Multi Chair are excellent proof of this, as they are very simple and modular, and lend themselves to infinite ways of being used.

Colombo’s creativity is also expressed through the design of expo fair booths for companies like Bayer, Hoechst and Rosenthal, as well as in several other design pieces like cars, watches, glasses and much more.

Among his famous clients are design companies like Kartell, Comfort, Bonacina, Alessi, Zanotta, Flexform and Oluce.

His latest pieces are multifunctional, residential and interior design projects where Colombo makes all conventional pieces of furniture redundant, developing a new concept able to offer the best comfort and the highest functionality.

The impressive and stunning work of Joe Colombo, who died in 1971 on the day of his forty-first birthday, is the fruit of a decade of work characterized by an obsessive search for new ideas and projects.

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PAOLO NAVA

Between 1979 and 1982, his work with Antonio Citterio included Doralice, Magister, Pasodoble, and Ugomaria.

Paolo Nava was born in Seregno in 1943; he graduated from the Faculty of Architecture, Milan Polytechnic, and attended the Upper Course in Industrial Design in Florence, qualifying in 1966. He completed his training in England, working with industrial design studios.
 In 1972 he founded the Citterio & Nava studio with Antonio Citterio, drawing together some iconic products of Italian design. From 1982 on, Paolo Nava autonomously continues in his studio/atelier the activity of designer, focusing on the design for products and furnishings for many prestigious Italian and international brands.

In the projects of Paolo Nava, the continuous search is underscored for possible dialogue between his own poetic vision and the concrete industrial and productive needs, through a personal conceptual approach regarding the home, generating a profound transformation of use, building new relationships between materials and technologies where the shape of its objects is often only the natural consequence of a precise design process.

The Paolo Nava design studio has to its credit the development of numerous products for the furniture industry with particular attention to the world of kitchens. The activity of the firm extends to the design of consumer products, to exhibitions and communication. Among the most prestigious collaborations: B&B Italia, Artvis, Flexform, Snaidero, Boffi, Malobbia, Xilitalia, Tonon, Poliform, Arflex, Interprofil, Frascio, Binova, De Sede, Treca, Gruppo Confalonieri, Blum, KitchenAid – Gruppo Whirlpool, Riva1920 and S. Patrignano.

Paolo Nava is frequently invited to lecture and teach in many countries. The firm, over the course of its activity, has won numerous international design awards and recognition.

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RODOLFO BONETTO

 

Designed the Boomerang Chair in 1968 for Flexform. Today no longer in production.

A singular figure in the panorama of Italian design of the last thirty years, Rodolfo Bonetto (1929-1991), abandoned a successful career as a jazz drummer with the famous “Italian Sextet” to dedicate himself to the new profession.

Self-taught, a feature not common on the Italian scene, he was so oriented toward design practice as to provide a considerable contribution to the teaching of industrial design at the Hochschule für Gestaltung in Ulm, and later at the ISIA in Rome.

Endowed with great talent and taste as well as an ability in technical drawing, he began working as a collaborator for the Veglia Borletti, drawing instruments for cars (a great passion: from those years come the first sketches of bodies for Vignale, Viotti and Boneschi). He then went on to work in many different industrial fields, those in which one would not normally consider – essential – the intervention of the designer: designing appliances, clocks, telephones, electronic computers, ski boots, surgical lasers, machine tools, lamps…

Of all these types, it was always the technical component that moved him most, a peculiarity that distinguishes him from the majority of Italian designers, who are traditionally closer to the world of furnishings. His relationship with Olivetti was the most intense and professionally stimulating: for the headquarters in Ivrea, he designed complex machine tools that modified the appearance of factory environment. Equally important was the collaboration with Fiat, for whom he drew many successful car interiors and which are today the historical heritage of the brand Bonetto Design.

He was awarded eight Golden Compasses, the last of which to his professional career. He was twice President of ADI (Industrial Design Association) and president of the Icsid (International Council of Societies of Industrial Design). He s recognized as one of the founding fathers of Italian design.

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SERGIO ASTI

In the ’70 desi
gned Rolls sofa. Today out of collection.

After a degree in architecture at the Milan Polytechnic, he trained for the profession in the Milan of the ‘50s and was an assistant professor of interior design in architecture (1953-1958).

In the area of Industrial Design in the ‘50s, he was one of the first to deal with this problem. He is among the founders of ADI of which he is currently an honorary member. He was part of the various Executive Committees and Working Boards of the same association.

He has taught Industrial Design at the Istituto Superiore d’Arte of Venice and abroad at the Experimental Insitute of Shizuoka in Japan. He has held numerous conferences and participated in Round Table discussions in Italy and abroad, especially in France, Germany, Portugal, the United States, Japan, China, India and Thailand. He participated in numerous juries for architectural and industrial design competitions in Italy and abroad.

Many objects designed by Sergio Asti are present in collections of the most important museums and in private collections in italy and abroad. He has received important recognition on various occasions: Triennale of Milano, Compasso d’Oro, MoMA in New York, Philadelphia Museum, Bienale Industrijskega Oblikovanja inLubiana, and received prizes abroad in France and Japan. He has held many personal shows as well as collective shows in Italy, Canada, the United States, Japan, Germany, the Netherlands, Sweden, Denmark, Brazil and France.