Furniture and interior design hasn´t always been owned by France but also Italian Furniture and interior designers in history have played remarkable role throw historical development of design. While history would suggest that the furniture and decorative arts worlds have been completely owned by France from the Louises of the 17th and 18th centuries to the Art Nouveau and Art Deco of the 1910s-30s, the late 20th century decades brought an exciting newcomer to the design realm: Italy. The contribution of contemporary Italian designers and furniture brands has left an indelible mark and has established the country as a major exporter of modern-day classics.
Consider the Castiglioni brothers, Vico Magistretti, Ettore Sottsass, Gio Ponti, Gae Aulenti, Marco Zanuso, Fornasetti, Harry Bertoia, Joe Colombo, Carlo Scarpa and Gabriella Crespi – all names which have become ingrained in the design world’s vocabulary for their nonchalant Modernist style. These lodestars of Italian design were proof of the country’s creative vision in the second half of the 20th century and, these days, the same fervor for innovative interior design solutions remains.
Paola explains, “To this day, Italian design companies have been able to maintain their status and their experimental verve and, in a time short of great indigenous designers, are attracting the best talents from all over the world. They keep the flag of Italian Design flying sky high.”
These Italian furniture brands represent 10 of the best of those design-minded flag bearers
Known for: Confident, statement style with a penchant for 20th century Maximalism
Exquisite, channel-tufted modern sofas, sculptural metallic table lamps and dining tables delicately trimmed with decorative glass panels – not bad for a brand which started as life as a small pottery workshop. Marioni has come a long way in the last five decades and, whilst its brand name might not be as well known as the designer style it evokes, its pieces are no less impressive.
Its Maximal tendencies showcase a confidence in its abilities as well as an appreciation of the Modernism movement which its country contributed to greatly. Monochrome striped marble recalls the Memphis Movement, metallic elements nod to Carlo Scarpa architecture and Milo Baughmann-esque swivel chairs complete the collection. Traditional design characterizes the rest of its range but it’s these statement pieces which really inspire.