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In 2015 Artifort celebrated its 125th anniversary. Each year, our chairs, tables and sofas find their way to the homes of design lovers around the world. It all started in 1890 when Jules Wagemans started a business as an upholsterer in Maastricht.
Artifort stands for furniture that lasts a lifetime. In many cases it passes down through generations. The secret lies in the use of high quality materials and in our skilled employees. The craftsmanship of our upholsterers, welders, woodworkers and seamstresses is at a high level through years of experience and in-house training of our younger employees.
Artifort stands for timeless design. Design that endures. Design that is authoritative. From Pierre Paulin and Geoffrey Harcourt to René Holten and Patrick Norguet. Artifort means top-quality design by top designers.

Artifort includes in its permanent collection many projects by the French designer Pierre Paulin dating back to the 60s and 70s.
Paulin, awarded the highest French honor for the arts and defined by French President Sarkozy as “the man who made design an art”, started working as a freelance designer for Artifort at the beginning of his professional career; this marked the beginning of a long and fruitful collaboration, where comfort has always been the constant starting point.
The works of the Paulin-Artifort association can be admired in the most famous museums around the world and continue to be produced as an example of timeless design: the Tongue, Le Chat, Ribbon, Tulip, Mushroom armchairs … are now considered to be cornerstones of design of the ‘900 and sculptures with great comfort.





Cappellini is a historic family of Italian design company, founded in Carugo in 1946 by Enrico Cappellini. a synonym of originality, modernity and experimentation, the brand Cappellini produces quality furniture, never banal and able to furnish any residential space and contract. Born as a small firm, the collections are characterized by refined simplicity and personality, dictated by the big names of international design, findings from its talent scout and corporate designer Giulio Cappellini. There is talk of Jasper Morrison, Marc Newson, Tom Dixon, Marcel Wanders, the Bouroullec brothers and Nendo, designers works as Cloud, Knotted Chair, Embryo Chair, Pylon Chair and many more, now become icons of the brand internationally recognized and exhibited in the most museums in the world such as the Victoria & Albert Museum in London, MoMA in New York and the Centre Pompidou in Paris. The collection consists of three divisions, Collection Systems and Project Subject to translate flexibly all requirements of contemporary furniture, and bridge the gap between design and traditional furniture.

The talent of the architect Giulio Cappellini in sniffing out new trends, understanding in advance the evolution of living and discovering first of all new designers on the international scene, has made the Cappellini collection unique, varied and cosmopolitan. In the Cappellini catalog you can find all the most significant design developments of the past 50 years: from Alessandro Mendini’s apparently irreverent projects of denunciation and reflection, such as the iconic Proust armchair, to the poetry and lightness of the works of the Japanese designer Shiro Kuramata, of which Cappellini holds exclusive rights for the whole world.
The long, constant and important partnership with the British designer Jasper Morrison, which every year creates new projects for the brand with the usual minimal and elegant trait that distinguishes it: the professional and friendship relationship between Jasper Morrison and Giulio Cappellini dates back to many decades ago, when the latter decided to put Jasper Morrison’s thesis project into production and in the catalog: the outdoor and indoor metal armchair with sinuous shapes and poetic name: Thinking man’s Chair.
According to Cappellini, the house can be colorful, whimsical, contemporary, but also minimal, bourgeois and reassuring, translating flexibly every need for contemporary furniture, not being able to have any boundaries or limits.


Flos lampade: artistiche innovative lampade creative


For fifty years Flos has created objects of light and ignites generations of dreams, it was born in 1962 in Merano by the will of Dino Gavina, genius of Italian design and great discoverer of talents.
For Flos, light is the material with which to express new ideas and illuminate unexplored emotions.
The company philosophy can be summarized in these passages: “We write the future, reading our past and expressing today, in a continuity of concrete challenges and bold choices that have shaped our image and identity. Our history has taught us to keep the fire of provocation alive with the search for new poetics of functionality ”
Following instinct has always allowed Flos to create products that become icons, invent types and set new archetypes.
The design paths are many: to identify with the masters of design, such as the Castiglioni or Gino Sarfatti brothers, who sign some of the most famous design lamps in the world such as Arco, Taccia, Toio …, but also to continuously discover new talents. In fact, all the most interesting personalities in the world of design collaborate or have collaborated with Flos: from Philippe Starck to Marcel Wanders, from Jasper Morrison to the Bouroullec brothers, from Michael Anastasiades to Nendo to name just a few. The strengths of the brand, which always place it at the forefront, are manifold, among them, a rare element for a contemporary design company: having great technical and technological authority and being part of mass culture.
Experimentation has allowed Flos to adopt revolutionary materials, such as in the past the cocoon, with which it developed the first lamps of the Castiglioni brothers, and more advanced technological solutions, represented today by OLED and sustainable materials.
Precisely for these reasons, inventing new languages ??around light means for the company to indicate new aesthetics and freedom of life, never forgetting, in the lamps of yesterday and today, to take seriously game and irony.
On the fine line that divides and unites art from design, artisanal production from industrial production, the limited series from the large-scale one, the individual’s thought from the collective one: This is where Flos is and it is there that we can find it. The Flos catalog is divided into different sectors to satisfy all the needs regarding light: a decorative part, including home lamps designed by the most famous designers, a technical part, for high-definition lighting systems for public spaces, and finally a part dedicated outside to illuminate, according to the same aesthetic and technical characteristics, terraces, gardens, swimming pools, streets, squares …


Molteni&C - mobili e design, sedie, divani, tavoli, arredi


Molteni & C was founded as a craft company in 1934 in Giussano in the province of Milan (later in the province of Monza and Brianza), by Angelo Molteni, a businessman from Brianza, among the promoters of the Milan International Furniture Fair, which will see its first edition in 1961 In the first post-war period the company made furniture starting from the trunk and covering all the production phases and in the mid-1950s it participated in the first “Selective Exhibition – International Furniture Competition” in Cantù, with a project by the Swiss architect Werner Blaser, a pupil by Alvar Aalto and assistant to Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, who wins first prize. The chest of drawers, with the triple fork geometric joint, is the first prototype of modern furniture and has recently been reworked in a precious numbered and certified edition.
1968 is the year of the revolution: in a few months, production is converted from classic to modern, to create well-designed furniture, designed for the series; Luca Meda, a pupil of the Ulm School, is the man of the revolution, his Iride containers presented at the Salone del Mobile in 1968. The following year the complete conversion to design furniture took place, followed by the purchase of the Unifor companies and Citterio, in the office sector and, in 1979, of Dada, a kitchen furniture company. Over the years Molteni & C therefore becomes a reality for the production of furniture.
During the artistic direction entrusted to Luca Meda, the architects Aldo Rossi and Afra and Tobia Scarpa are called to design for Molteni; Aldo Rossi will design some now iconic furnishings such as the theater sofa, the weekly Carteggio and the Milano chair, rare examples of the Maestro’s forays into the world of design.
In the 1990s, however, collaboration began with some Italian and international designers, including Jean Nouvel, Foster and Partners, Patricia Urquiola, Rodolfo Dordoni, Hannes Wettstein.
In 1994 Molteni & C received the Compasso d’Oro for Lifetime Achievement. “Among the protagonists of the Italian furniture culture”, says the jury, “he has been able to present an offer of products designed with constant dignity, safe quality and a broad vision of the cultural context”. In the same year Jean Nouvel designed the Fondation Cartier in Paris, Molteni created all the furnishings through Uniforo: thus the Less series was born, an icon of design in the world, tables with minimal thickness and with elementary and rigorous shapes.
In early 2000 To support international expansion, Molteni & C created the Padded division and, in a few years, established itself among the best international manufacturers with the projects of Patricia Urquiola, Ferruccio Laviani, Rodolfo Dordoni, Hannes Wettstein and Ron Gilad and many others.
In 2012 Molteni & C presented the Gio Ponti Collection at the Salone del Mobile, furnishings never mass produced by the great Milanese architect, in collaboration with Gio Ponti Archives. The collaboration between Molteni and Gio Ponti’s heirs continues annually thanks to an exclusive agreement for the rights of the Maestro’s projects.
The Molteni Group recently celebrated 80 years of activity with an exhibition at the Modern Art Gallery in Milan, entitled 80! Molteni. With an installation curated by Jasper Morrison and the graphic project by Studio Cerri & Associati, prototypes and furnishings from all the companies of the Group recount, for the first time, 80 years of experience, quality and innovation. The exhibition has become the core of the Molteni Museum in Giussano.
As of April 2016, Belgian architect and designer Vincent Van Duysen has been appointed creative director of the Molteni & C brands; after the success of the Gliss Master collection of wardrobes, the new collaboration focuses on coordinating the image and the design and artistic choices of the group.
Born as a company specialized in the production of systems, today the company still fully produces in Italy an integral offer for the home, from containers to upholstered items, from chairs to tables … flanked by a contract division that manufactures cruise ships, theaters , museums, hotels, restaurants and collective residences.




Vitra is a Swiss company dedicated to improving the quality of homes, offices and public spaces through the power of design, founded in Weil am Rhein in 1950 by Willi Fehlbaum, owner of a furniture store in nearby Basel. Its products are developed in an impeccable, intensive design process, which brings together engineering excellence with the creative genius of internationally renowned designers. The goal, since the early 1950s, is to create functional and stimulating interiors, furniture and accessories through some guiding principles such as longevity of materials, impeccable construction, high quality and the importance of aesthetics, as demonstrated from the great classics, many still in production since 1950.

The great American design classics were in fact the starting point of the Vitra catalog, thanks to the agreement already in 1946 with the American Herman Miller for the purchase of the rights to produce the vast collection of Charles and Ray Eames in Europe. Willi Fehlbaum was struck by the plans of the spouses Eames during a trip to America and wanted at all costs to produce them and propose them to the European market. Masterpieces such as the Eames Chair, the Aluminum Group, the Upholstered Lounge Chair, the Elephant Stool, the Fiberglass chairs … therefore began to be known and appreciated also in Europe thanks to Vitra. Subsequently to this production were added the works of other historical masters of international design such as George Nelson, Verner Panton, Jean Prouvé and to follow, in more recent years, the works of contemporary designers and architects such as Antonio Citterio, the Bouroullec brothers, Mario Bellini, Ron Aram, Jasper Morrison, Alberto Meda, Philippe Starck …

After a terrible fire, which devastated the entire factory in 1981, the English architect Nicholas Grimshaw was called to design the new factory, ready in just 6 months, which was joined in 1986 by another building by the Portuguese architect Alvaro Siza, starting what will become the future Vitra Campus, or the most important grouping in Europe and probably in the world of contemporary architecture in a limited space. Among the many buildings we can mention the Vitra Design Museum by Frank O. Gehry from 1989, the Tadao Conference pavilion from 1993, the Zaha Hadid Fire Station from 1993, the installation in 2003 of a petrol designed in 1953 by Jean Prouvé until the most recent VitraHaus by the architects of Basel Herzog & de Meuron in 2010, the Diogene structure of Renzo Piano in 2013 or the factory of the Japanese studio SAANA in 2013. The Vitra Campus has become in a few years destination much frequented by design enthusiasts and not only, thanks to the guided visits to the various factories, the numerous exhibitions and displays on design in its museum and to many initiatives related to the world of design and art.

Currently the Vitra catalog is divided into 2 parts. one dedicated to the home, the Home Collection, and one dedicated to contract and office, with a lot of sensitivity towards smart working. In these 2 parts the proposals of the Masters of design such as the Eames, Jean Prouvé, Verner Panton are always balanced … and the contemporary projects of designers such as the Bouroullec brothers, Hella Jongerius, Konstanto Grcic, Jasper Morrison and many others.