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USM was founded in 1885 as a metallurgical and forging company by Ulrich Schaerer. The factory and management were and still are in Munsingen, Switzerland. In the early decades of the twentieth century, USM began to specialize in window accessories, ornamental hinges and precisely worked steel sheets. In the 1960s, the transformation into a furniture factory worldwide took place; Paul Schaerer joined the company in 1961, starting three generations of USM management of the Schaerer family. After studying engineering at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich, he is determined to renew the company – starting from the same factory and USM headquarters; He then commissioned the architect Fritz Haller to design a new office and factory pavilion using a modular construction system in flexible steel, easily adaptable to various production processes and changes in the sector.

In 1963, Haller and Schaerer created furniture that is in tune with the modularity and versatility of the new factories. Furniture, like buildings, are not focused on individual pieces, but on a system of steel modules that can be adapted and reconfigured to meet the different needs of the factory and the company’s offices. The foundation of the system is an elegant and ingenious ball joint, for which they require a patent in 1965.

Although initially designed for exclusive use in USM offices, the furniture system quickly draws attention thanks to its versatility, durability and style; consequently the production and commercial sale of the USM Haller system began in 1969 with an order of 600 workstations from the Rothschild Bank in Paris, France.

During the last decades of the twentieth century, USM conquered the world, opening branches in Germany, France and the United States and also the first exclusive exhibition space in Hamburg, Germany in 1998. In the following year, USM launched USM Kitos, a series of customizable and height adjustable desks and tables.

Shortly thereafter, the fourth generation of the family joined the company, represented by the current CEO Alexander Schaerer. The status of USM Haller as an icon of modern design is confirmed in 2001 with the exhibition in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York. USM continues to develop its leadership in protecting the environment and in 2007, the company received Greenguard accreditation, which certifies that its products have low emissions of chemicals and particles and therefore help to reduce indoor air pollution; USM furniture is the first European product to meet the strict Greenguard criteria.

In 2015, the 50th anniversary of the creation of the USM Haller modular furniture system was celebrated, also through constant and continuous updating in harmony with new housing and working needs.


Atelier Van Lieshout

Atelier Van Lieshout

Atelier Van Lieshout

Atelier Van Lieshout is the studio founded by the sculptor, painter and visionary Joep van Lieshout, who, after graduating from the Rotterdam Art Academy, quickly became famous with projects that oscillate between the world of design and that of art: sculpture and installations, buildings and furniture, utopias and dystopias. In 1995, Van Lieshout founded his studio and since then he has worked exclusively with the name of the studio, which includes more than twenty collaborators of different origins and backgrounds. They all work together in a large shed on the port of Rotterdam, divided into several departments: fiberglass, wood sculpture, metal. The designers are closely involved in the manufacturing process of each product; for this reason, the design and production of all the works signed by AVL must necessarily take place in this single place.
Over the past three decades, Van Lieshout has established a multidisciplinary practice that produces works on the borders between art, design and architecture, studying the fine line between manufacturing art and functional mass production objects and trying to find the borders between fantasy and function, between fertility and destruction.
Van Lieshout analyzes systems, be it society as a whole or the human body; he experiments, looks for alternatives, holds exhibitions such as experiments for recycling and even declared an independent state in the port of Rotterdam AVL-Ville in 2001: a free state in the port of Rotterdam, with a minimum of rules, a maximum of freedom and the higher degree of autarky.
All these activities are carried out in the typical provocative style of Van Lieshout, be it political or material, combining imaginative aesthetics and ethics with a great entrepreneurial spirit; his work motivated the movements in the field of architecture and ecology and was celebrated, exhibited and published internationally. His works share a series of recurring themes, motives and obsessions: systems, power, autarchy, life, sex and death – each of these traces the human individual in front of a larger whole like his well-known work Domestikator (2015) . This sculpture aroused controversy before it was even placed in the Louvre in the Jardin de Tuilleries, but was later adopted by the Center Pompidou where it was exhibited during the 2017 FiAC.




La Cassina was founded in 1927 in Meda, in the heart of Brianza, by the brothers Cesare and Umberto Cassina, initially for the construction of supplies for large cruise ships, including the famous Andrea Doria, the interiors of which were designed by architect Gio Ponti. Then begins a historic partnership between Cassina and Gio Ponti, consolidated in the 50s, which will lead to the creation of many masterpieces of Italian design, among them the chair called “Superleggera”, weighing 1.66 kg, an intelligent and cultured rereading of the famous Chiavarina chair, built on the Ligurian hills.
After and at the same time as Gio Ponti, promising young Italian designers, such as Mario Bellini, Achille Castiglioni, Vico Magistretti, will begin to collaborate with Cassina, belonging to what is now universally recognized as the Milanese school; thanks to the courage and flair of Cesare Cassina the company begins to identify itself as a laboratory of the best Italian design, with a careful search for ever new technologies, made available to designers, and with a constant analysis of lifestyle changes and ways of living.
At the same time as this research and collaboration with contemporary designers, thanks to the foresight and perseverance of Filippo Allison, Cassina continues a philological discourse of re-examination, rediscovery and reproduction of historical masters of Italian and international design. Thus an independent catalog was born, called “The Masters” to be added to the contemporary one, where the proposals of Le Corbusier, Charlotte Perriand, Gerrit Rietveld, Frank Lloyd Wright find space, up to the recent acquisitions of the archives and rights of the works of Franco Albini and Marco Zanuso. To carry out this project correctly and philologically, the company relies on the collaboration of the foundations in charge, where they were created as in the case of the Le Corbusier Foundation, or direct heirs.
In more recent years Cassina has experimented with the collaboration with contemporary designers of various origins, such as the French Philippe Starck, the Italian Piero Lissoni or the Spanish Patricia Urquiola, always maintaining that common thread of research, experimentation and innovation in the world of living. The most recent projects, after the Cassina family leaves the scene, are entrusted to artistic directors, such as the current Patricia Urquiola, who try to give an interpretation of the Cassina world, also re-reading some classics with the inclusion of colors and finishes. new.
The catalog dedicated to the Masters, each year enriched with new projects with the approval of the Foundations and heirs, remains the most brilliant and commercially successful example of how historical design can survive many experiments that are sometimes unnecessary. An example of this enrichment is the dialogue carried out by the company with Pernette Perriand, children of Charlotte Perriand, which allowed the rediscovery of the figure of this great designer, mistakenly overshadowed by the master Le Corbusier, and many of his little-known projects from the general public.




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.




ClassiCon is a German company, based in Munich, that challenges time, presenting a design that has spanned the centuries without losing appeal and modernity; its name itself is a “classic” and “contemporary” case, highlighting its duplicity from the beginning, aspiring to offer pieces of established characters who have made the world of design history since the early 1900s such as Eileen Gray and Eckart Muthesius, but also to promote contemporary design and present examples of new design with advanced quality and shape, giving it the “classic” designation. The brand is synonymous with high quality, strong individuality and timeless aesthetics, out of passing fashions. Classicon objects are timeless pieces, combinable in any domestic or business context, with a strong personality, but outside the most fleeting trends in the world of design.

Many collaborations with young international designers, with whom the company establishes a lasting partnership that continues over the years, creating a design history linked to each individual designer. The most intense and productive partnership is certainly that with the Munich designer Konstantin Grcic, who, since the first projects with the company, has included refined references to the iconic design work of Eileen Gray: the projects of Konstantin Grcic, who later became a star world of contemporary design, I am the result of careful reasoning on ergonomics and the contemporary way of life, with cultured quotes to the masters of design in a never banal or dusty reinterpretation.

Eileen Gray’s projects are all produced and present in the Classicon catalog, which is the worldwide licensee of Aram Design Ltd: in the early 70s Eileen Gray began to collaborate with the manufacturer Zeev Aram to develop her furniture and its lamps for series production. Finally, in 1973 the designer signed a worldwide contract with Aram Design in London to bring all her projects into production for the first time. Classicon is therefore the exclusive licensee of the entire Aram collection by Eileen Gray.

Quality is a fundamental element for the company, so much so that each piece is indelibly and consecutively marked and numbered, as a concrete and visible testimony to the attention paid to the production of each individual specimen. The Classicon signature therefore guarantees the use in the production of high quality materials and methods, with compliance with all ecological requirements; the quality control of the production is very high. The logo and the progressive numbering offer the guarantee that each limited edition is an authentic replica of the original, made with the consent of the rights holders and with absolute respect for the original itself.

High quality and timeless furnishings are therefore the key points of the ClassiCon philosophy, which can boast the presence of its furnishing elements in numerous European and international design museums.


de padova

De Padova

The history of De Padova spans all decades from the 1950s onwards, with unchanged elegance and sophistication.

In the 1950s, Fernando and Maddalena De Padova started their entrepreneurial business by importing Scandinavian furniture and objects sold in the showroom in via Montenapoleone in Milan. For the first time, northern European design arrives in Italy: its simplicity and rigor become a new possible proposal in the field of design.
In the 1960s, during a trip to Basel, Maddalena De Padova accidentally discovered Charles Eames’ Wire Chair; in a few months, Maddalena meets the American company Herman Miller from which she obtains the production license for Italy of the products designed by Charles Eames and George Nelson. ICF De Padova is founded, based in Vimodrone, which will produce Herman Miller office furniture in Italy. From this meeting Maddalena De Padova absorbs the secrets that will constitute the heart of her philosophy: the importance of the environmental context by George Nelson, the “connections” by Charles Eames, the role of objects by Alexander Girard. The large showroom in Corso Venezia in Milan is inaugurated, an extraordinary exhibition space on three levels, where design becomes the protagonist.

After Fernando’s death, Maddalena De Padova personally takes care of the company, follows its production activity and distribution; ICF is sold and a new company is founded which focuses on the edition of new furnishings, its name: Edizioni De Padova, then simply E ’De Padova. Vico Magistretti began his long collaboration with the company in these years by designing a collection of office furniture with its usual elegance; it will be the beginning of a happy partnership that will enrich the De Padova catalog with many masterpieces that have entered the history of Italian design: from the Silver chair, to the Vidun table, from the Pillow sofa to the Shigeto container.

Achille Castiglioni designs a series of displays for the windows that confirm the uniqueness of the company’s style, the true theatrical staging of design, where the windows overlooking Corso Venezia become a unique stage on the Milanese and then world design scene; settings played on irony, creativity and awareness of wanting to tell a story. Castiglioni also designs some pieces of great beauty for the collection, such as the 95 table and the Scrittarello desk. He joins the Dieter Rams group: Maddalena De Padova falls in love with her 606 bookcase and decides to produce aluminum for the Italian market: the 606 bookcase still remains the best example in the world of a container for storing books.

At the end of the 90s the collaboration with Renzo Piano began for the furnishing of the café of the Center Georges Pompidou in Paris, followed by, among others, the furnishing of the Morgan Library restaurant in New York and the Sole 24 Ore headquarters in Milan: all the most elegant domestic or business interiors perfectly fit the furnishings of the De Padova catalog. In the 2000s Maddalena De Padova received the Compasso d’Oro for Lifetime Achievement and reopened the space of the former I.C.F. factory, completely renovated and enlarged, which became the company’s headquarters. Patricia Urquiola and Nendo join the team designers alongside the historical collection. Maddalena De Padova completes the transfer of the company’s leadership to the children Valeria and Luca who further develop it by giving it a managerial structure. In April 2015, the company was acquired by Boffi, which allows the company an international distribution program, with the passion and all-Italian heritage that unites them.
De Padova remains firmly an example of Italian timeless elegance, where a correct balance, excellent design and great respect for the Italian design tradition continue to furnish the houses and the most refined spaces of Italians and now also all over the world, in furrow of the choices, still very current, of Maddalena De Padova.


e15, design innovativo e artigianale


e15 stands for consistency, rigorous design, combined with high quality materials and innovative artisan production methods. As a modern quality brand that caters to a global home and contract market, the brand maintains a global approach to the interiors, with a marked architectural vision pursued by its founder, the architect Philipp Mainzer, together with the designer and art director Farah Ebrahimi.

In close collaboration with designers, architects and artists, e15 develops original products and cultured artistic references, which reflect the brand’s philosophy and its approach open to different cultures and disciplines.

The company takes its name from the postal code of its first laboratory in London and was founded in 1995 with a first small collection; a radical new simplicity marked this debut, leaving an indelible mark in the history of modern design with essential shapes made even more evident by the solid and raw material, the untreated solid oak. The BIGFOOT ™ table and BACKENZAHN ™ stool are the most iconic furnishings in this collection, which has established a new aesthetic through the pioneering use of solid wood in its purest form.

From the Historical collection of 1995, new projects alternated annually, always on the same track, enriching the catalog with beds, bookcases, desks, chairs, armchairs, sideboards, bookcases, sofas … and an equally rigorous line of accessories. The use of solid oak remains at the center of production, recently flanked by the darker walnut option. A special mention deserves the selection and textile production, created for upholstered items such as beds and sofas, created by art director Farah Ebrahimi, which takes modern ancient textile traditions from different countries in a modern key, rereading them with contemporary colors and geometries. The re-editions of some historical pieces designed in the 1920s by Ferdinand Kramer, a German master with a rigorous and essential trait, which perfectly aligns with the contemporary proposals of e15, have recently been included in the catalog.


ecart paris


Ecart was born in Paris in 1978 from the will and foresight of Anrée Putman, who bravely decides to re-propose some forgotten designers of the 1930s such as René Herbst, Jean-Michel Frank, Pierre Chareau, Michel Dufet, Mariano Fortuny, Robert Mallet-Stevens , Eileen Gray … trying to win back the general public with some eternal masterpieces in a period, the early 1980s, where design and interior trends were taking different paths. The name already wants to be a manifesto of what you want to propose: Ecart as a gap, as a different proposal from everything that was dominating the world of design in those years.
In the mind of Putman these masterpieces could not be forgotten, the result of the design of great architects and designers and the realization of the best French and in particular Parisian craftsmen. In fact, everything started from Paris and then interested in the world, up to the United States of America, where Putman herself will take care of the famous Morgans Hotel in New York in 1984 and then of many public and private spaces.
As she often liked to say after the Americans, finally the French and then the Europeans began to love her style and her elegant and refined proposals; the works of the great French masters of the 1930s were proposed together with an always impeccable anonymous design, with colors and materials often very brave: electric blue, the famous black and white damier (almost a trademark) …
Many well-known faces and French fashion brands such as Azzedine Alaia, Balenciaga and Karl Lagerfeld relied on Putman and Ecart furnishings for their shops and ateliers, but also some politicians such as the French minister of culture Jack Lang for his office. in 1984 or finally some large institutions such as the CAPC museum of contemporary art in Bordeaux, for which Anrée Putman will design a monumental and iconic floor lamp
In Putman’s work and in the Ecart catalog, almost a reflection of her personality, the materials defined as rich and precious, such as black lacquer or chromed steel, are combined with simple and poor ones, such as cotton or natural wood, the bolder colors are put in relation with more neutral ones, more squared shapes are alternated with more sinuous lines.
The Ecart catalog is still divided into 2 parts: one dedicated to the historic French masters of architecture and interiors of the 1930s, much loved by Putman, the other to projects designed by Putman herself, such as the Crescent Moon sofa or the floor lamp Lune, or new collaborations and contemporary designers. All production: furniture, upholstery and lighting, is still made in France by the best craftsmen, while rugs, like the iconic black and white specimen by Eileen Gray, are hand-woven in Nepal.


Edra, moderna tecnologia e tradizione artistica


Edra has always paid great attention to the research of new materials or reinvent and flexible types, capable of transforming the creative concept in industrial project. The highly specialized manual intervention and refined, Italian genetic inheritance cultivated with intent, characterizes the uniqueness of production. Technologies used come from unlimited horizons, explored without prejudice. High-tech that draws from different industries to complement its input into the design without the need for performance. Great technical complexity, which translates into extreme simplicity of use. Technology to augment the means of expression, advanced design solution, innovazione. L’intervento manual is the irreplaceable human contribution that distinguishes and characterizes the uniqueness of the results. The essential attention to detail is the result of the manual wisdom cultivated from years of experience. intrinsic dexterity that is part of the manufacturing process of each product Edra and ensures the exceptional quality. An evolutionary choice in conceiving seriale.Nuove production relations between body and objects are explored. The concept of comfort is transformed, spreading to new possibilities and adapting to profound changes daily living needs. Previously unattainable levels of comfort are achieved by creating new forms and using different materials.

Edra sofas are universally considered the most comfortable and ergonomically in the world thanks to the skills and inspiration of Francesco Binfarè, one of the most prepared personalities on the subject in the world of design, architect since the 1960s of engineering the best sofas of Italian design . The works of Binfarè, for Edra both designer and technical leader of the team of engineers for the realization, are timeless sofas, where technology, very advanced, but invisible, is at the service of aesthetics: Flap, Standard, Sherazade, On The Rocks, Il Grande Soffice, Absolu, Essential, Pack … are some of the projects that have now become iconic.
A separate discussion in the Edra catalog is reserved for the historic partnership with the Campana brothers, famous Brazilian designers of international design. Their first project for Edra is the famous Favela armchair, handmade in Brazil with wood waste. Every year, for decades, the Campana brothers have created new projects for Edra, always united by the strong creativity and that characteristic ironic note that distinguishes them. Among the best known projects, many now part of the best museum design collections, we can mention: the Cipria sofa, the Sushi, Vermelha, Grinza, Corallo armchairs, the Brasilia containers and tables, the Cabana bed …
Edra’s selection, always in search of new international collaborations, is completed with the projects of Jacopo Foggini, master in the processing of methacrylate, with a collection of flower-shaped armchairs by the Japanese Masanori Umeda, Getsuen and Rose chair and with the armchair Sponge by Peter Traag, made thanks to a very advanced technology.


Fritz Hansen

Fritz Hansen

Fritz Hansen was founded in 1872 by the visionary carpenter of the same name and has since become a natural part of the history of both Danish and international design and an exclusive and sought after design brand

The history of Fritz Hansen is characterized by wonderful craftsmanship, a unique design and an innate sense of high quality. Architects and furniture designers from all over the world have regularly contributed to the collection with beautifully shaped and functional furnishings, through the use of innovative techniques and new materials. Arne Jacobsen, Poul Kjærholm, Piet Hein, Vico Magistretti, Burkhard Vogtherr, Piero Lissoni, Kasper Salto and Morten Voss … the list of designers is long and the list of furniture with great international fame is even more.

Fritz Hansen’s iconic classic collection includes a large part of the most famous furniture by Danish architects and designers, including the Egg, Swan and Serie 7 chairs by Arne Jacobsen and the PK22 chair and the PK80 sofa by Poul Kjaerholm. The contemporary collection, second soul of the catalog, presents instead furnishings and accessories of some of the most stimulating and internationally recognized contemporary designers, including Jaime Hayon, Piero Lissoni, Kasper Salto and Cecilia Manz. Common to the two collections is a sculptural artistic expression that confuses the lines between design and art and combines function and form in unprecedented ways, giving each work a significant presence and purpose.

The corporate design philosophy reflects its history and inspires the creation of new, simple, sculptural, original and timeless furniture. Fritz Hansen’s design is visionary and makes the most of noble materials; every detail is carefully studied, the process is complete and impeccable and the final glance is unique and immediately recognizable. The general style is international and elegant: each piece of furniture is sophisticated in its own way, has a strong identity and the ability to discreetly illuminate any type of space.

Today as in 1872, Fritz Hansen’s work is guided by the philosophy that a single piece of furniture can beautify an entire room or building and simultaneously increase the well-being of the people who inhabit these spaces. With a strong international presence and an ever-expanding collection of iconic designs, Fritz Hansen continues his journey in creating elegant and discreet furnishing elements, which do not compromise comfort, and in strengthening his position in the global design elite , discreet luxury and contemporary living.


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