Italian furniture design is appreciated worldwide for its original creations and its blend of traditional and modern styles. Its excellence is due in large part to the artistic expertise of Italian designers who have brought Italian fashion and design to the world-stage since the early 1900s. The diversity of brands like Kartell, Minotti, Zanotta, Acerbis and Frau ensures a wide selection of categories that can fit any individual preference; from interior design for the home and office space to the specific needs of restaurants and bars and other locales.
Among the top brands with a long history of tradition and innovation, Kartell has long been considered the icon of Italian furniture design. Founded in 1949, it has maintained a technological edge blended with creative décor and artistic styles that have redefined the concept of aesthetic appeal over the decades. Its principal focus on the use of plastics as a valuable resource since their rising popularity in the 1950s- also coupled with the Italian economic boom during the same decade which no doubt boosted the company’s potential for creativity and expertise of industrial and technological processes – has made Kartell a true innovator, delivering unique styles thanks to the decades-long collaboration of world famous designers like Ron Arad, Philippe Starck, Mario Bellini, Antonio Citterio, Rodolfo Dordoni, Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec, Ferruccio Laviani, Piero Lissoni, Tokujin Yoshioka, Nendo, Patricia Urquiola, and many others.
Their skills have contributed to the fusion of modern and traditional creative designs thanks to the use of traditional methods in the processes of manufacture and production. Kartell’s focus on the value of artisanship is also highly praised and evinced in all their creations, which include furniture, home and office accessories, lighting and embellishments.
From modern furniture to glam-style decòr, Kartell has a varied collection that can satisfy any preference. Its extensive catalog comprises mirrors, sofas, chairs, armchairs, candle holders, hangers, coffee tables, desks, lamps, lights and lighting accessories for walls and ceilings, and many more furnishings all of which exhibit exquisite craftsmanship and unique artistic styles rendered even more appealing by the varied choices of color and shape. Whether you are an art lover or have a passion for the exotic, Kartell has everything to offer and more.
On a similar vein, Minotti (founded in the 1950s) aided by the experience of its collaborating line of designers in the fashion/design industry, has also shown its appreciation for the value of tradition mingled with a modern technological feel. Its experience acquired over the decades due to its longevity, has increased their knowledge of industrial processes and their ability to predict and adapt to fluctuations in customer preference and market demand over the years, and is the major reason for its popularity since, as a result, it has allowed it to evolve continuously to meet the latest trends in industry design and interior décor for the home or office.
Another important brand is Acerbis, which evolution in contemporary and modern design since its inception in 1870 has been the model followed by many of the popular interior design brand names of today. In its collection of sofas, tables, beds and furnishings with a contemporary or modern artistic feel it has retained quality excellence due to its industrial expertise in multiple manufacturing processes and use of different materials. Get to know here, a brief history of Italian Industrial Design.