Modular furniture in timeless design. That is the principle behind USM since its inception about half a century ago. Furniture for the home and office environments which is created from just a few basic elements. A tailor-made solution that can be expanded or reconfigured at any time. Each piece of furniture allows room for individual versatility and creativity
L’identità, quel filo sottile che distingue e rende squisitamente unici, è un fine da perseguire, difendere perfezionare. Un valore che diventa necessario se alla parola identità si collega la parola azienda. Fare divani, produrre sedute che abbiano un loro profilo e che evochino il rapporto che li unisce a chi li ha pensati, è la bellissima finalità che da sempre ricerchiamo. I nostri progetti hanno un comune denominatore: rispondono, con soluzioni originali e semplici, alle diverse necessità che i consumatori pongono. Uno scambio che si raffina attraverso il dialogo e l’attenzione che volgiamo all’uomo.
It all began with a solid friendship, through the common passion for furniture that Gabriele Ghetti and Carla Botti, owners of the company, always shared. Carla Botti has contributed her successful Administrative accomplishments from a prestigious National company into the management of the administrative and commercial departments of Gamma International. Similarly, Gabriele Ghetti, who grew up surrounded by the scent of leather from his family’s artisan leather company, brings his love for detail and in-depth knowledge of craftsmanship to handbags and small leather goods, something he has seen carried out ever since childhood.
Having first taken control, and then ownership of a small company, a manufacturer of sofas for the internal market, the two partners immediately put into motion an ambitious industrial project especially addressed to a mid-high segment of the international market. Courageously, Gamma has chosen to not relocate and maintain its production entirely in the Forlì establishment.
The above decision was made, in order to be able to rely on the creativity, experience and skills of designer and Italian artisans, and to constantly monitor the quality of its products, thus upholding the values inherent in Italian design, perceived abroad as a valuable and indisputable strong point.
In recent years the ownership marked a crucial turning point, deciding to invest on the Gamma brand. The development of the brand, supported by important investments on original and high quality products, was promoted by a team of area managers, and brought the company to achieve an international success. Today Gamma exports in 64 countries and, through the permanent American headquarter
“Gamma USA”, leads the high end American market in the upholstery business.
I think that this will be the goal of design in the future (or at least, my goal for my future in the sphere of design): transforming the gadget function ascribed to objects by the consumer's society into a transitional opportunity, namely into an opportunity for consumers to improve their perception of the world.
This kind of activity is typically paradoxical in the original meaning alongside the rule, the norm, the standard, as a means of grasping the so-called reality of the world and of life to its full extent.
In the future most of our products will continue to be marked by a high degree of innovation and experimentation, as we believe this is the way to develop our ability to set trends, to promote our fame and to create a culture medium aimed at developing those projects we like to call Super & popular.
The Artemide Group (certification ISO 9001 and ISO 17025) is one of the global leaders of the residential illumination sector and high end professionals. Situated at Pregnana Milanese, the Artemide Group has an ample international distribution presence in which the single brand showrooms sprouts in the most important cities in the world and the "shop in shop" in the most prestigious illumination and furniture shops.
Founded in 1960s, Artemide is one of the most known illumination brands in the world. Known for its "The Human Light" philosophy, Artemide is nowadays synonym with design, innovation and made in Italy.
Artemide has contributed to the history of the international design with products like Eclisse (1967, from Vico Magistretti), Tolomeo (1989, from Michele De Lucchi and Giancarlo Fassina) and Pipe (2004, from Herzog & De Meuron), all showed at the Compasso D'oro Awards.
In 1994 Artemide received The "Compaso D'oro" career Award and European Design Prize In 1997.
The Artemide Lamps are considered on an international level as Design Icons of contemporary design; they are exhibited in most museums of modern art and design collections. (MoMA – New York, Metropolitan Museum of Art – New York, Victoria and Albert Museum – Londra, Museo Nazionale della Scienza e della Tecnica – Milano, Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Moderna – Roma, Parigi, Centre Georges Pompidou ecc.)
1923 Antonio Calligaris starts his small artisanal business by producing the "Marocca" chair, typical model of the Manzano area in Friuli.
1920-1960 The workshop of Antonio Calligaris organizes its production, bringing in wood from the surrounding mountains and straw from the Friulan lagoon.The apprentices of the workshop are entrusted with colouring the straw, dyed with natural pigments.The machines are few, the majority of the work is still done manually and it is mainly women who take care of weaving the seats and putting the finishing touches on the chairs.
Wood is no longer the only material by which Calligaris measures its vocation to innovation, the company now also begins to work in metal, plastic, leather and glass.
In 1998, the company opens its first American subsidiary in High Point (North Carolina).
2000-2012 The last decade has been crucial for Calligaris to establish itself as a truly international company.In 2007, Calligaris Group is 40% owned by L Capital, a private equity fund sponsored by the luxury giant LVMH, giving rise to anew strategy of branding, communication (traditional and digital) andretail.
Miniforms was born in Italy in the first 1970s as evolution of Inveta (Industria Veneta small tables), a company founded in year 1962 and producer of small tables and furnishing accessories.
The end of the 1980s, Miniforms faces to the international market, expanding its production: are introduced the chairs, tables and bookcases, increasing the catalogue of new solutions for living.
In year 2009 Mr. Luigi Bardini, Miniforms founder, sold the company to his son Mr. Alessandro, and Mr. Matteo and Mr. Mario, who now are investing in avant-garde production working with young talents of Italian design.
The style to which inspires the company is close to the idea of a sober house, from authentic materials and in respect of the environment.The forms and colors are essential, clean and primary lines.
The materials used range from solid wood to sheet steel, glass and aluminum, using environment compatible materials.
On year 2010 Miniforms partecipates at the 49th International Furniture Exhibition in Milan, with a collection of twenty-two new products signed by designers such as Paul Capello, DZ Studio, Giopato and Coombes, Enrico Girotti, Claudio Lovadina, Andrea Lucatello, Mr. Smith.
“Quality is a funny concept. We tend to think of it as being associated with handcraft. But quality is also about your attitude to design. Craftsmanship is just as much about how you run the machines that are necessary for economic viability.”
President and Founder
Bensen is a design and manufacturing group founded in 1981 by Niels Bendtsen. Along with his staff, Bendtsen designs and oversees production of an extensive line of furnishings.
Our philosophy balances simplicity and honesty so that the designs may continue to grow in today's ever changing world.
Modernica is a company founded on the principles and the passion of the vibrant North American Modernism movement. This era is often said to have originated here in Los Angeles with the Case Study Program in 1945.
Modernica embraces this Modernist movement’s ethos. It is with the criterion and ideals established in this period that the myth of the quintessential California lifestyle and attitude was imagined and created.
Richard Neutra, George Nelson, Charles and Ray Eames, Van Keppel and Green were all contemporaries during this post-war period. They all shared a vision of making design available and accessible to the masses. Modernica is a company committed to preserving this legacy.
Simple design, high-quality, high-functionality, and accessibility are the basic tenets which drive our company. It is this clear vision and commitment that has enabled Modernica to transform itself from its beginnings as a vintage store to its current position as a distinguished manufacturer and designer of Modern furniture.
Modernica Studio functions as a design collective with everyone participating and sharing in a united responsibility to the ideologies of the past, while evolving with the times and introducing new products and new ideas that hold true to Modernism’s core values.
Modernica occupies a 1925 factory located in the heart of downtown Los Angeles. This factory houses the production facilities, offices, and a prop-rental house. Modernica has over 70 employees and proudly builds each piece of furniture one-by-one.
Pablo’s designs have been propelled to the forefront of American contemporary lighting by an uncompromising devotion to simplicity and utility. By fusing the highest technical sensibilities with the most appropriate material palette, Pablo is able to create unique, timeless designs with the power to transform any environment. Pablo was founded in San Francisco in 1993 by Venezuelan-born industrial designer Pablo Pardo. Embracing a less-is-more ideology, Pablo frequently challenges traditional design metaphors, developing more practical solutions distilled down to their essence, form and light. A common thread links all of its creations, valuing permanence and sustainability, discarding the disposable mindset so prevalent today. Its mission is to create designs that deepen the relationship between objects, their users, and their environments.
With the creation of his first product in 1993, Pablo established a
powerful and generative design philosophy. Since then, his core
principles have informed the development of every light in the studio’s
20-year history. These products continue to move with culture while
withstanding trends in design — and each one carries the underlying
uniqueness that is distinctly “Pablo.”
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