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LC2 Armchair
LC4 Chaise Longue
Tolomeo Tavolo
LC3 Sofa
LC2 Sofa
Componibili Round - 3 Compartments
Tavolo XZ3 Round
LC3 Armchair
LEM Bar Stool
Tolomeo Tavolo Micro
Tolomeo Lettura
Componibili Round - 2 Compartments
LC7 Swivel Chair
Componibili Round - 4 Compartments
Tolomeo Basculante Lettura
Componibili mat
Twiggy Terra
Masters Set of 4
Componibili Bio round - 3 compartements
Tavolo XZ3 Rectangular
LC2 Armchair Gunmetal
Special Edition
Elephant Swivel Chair
Mobil mat
Masters Metallic
Stool Mezzadro
Elephant Wood
BCN Bar Stool
Brio Table
Bourgie mat
Special Edition
646 Leggera
Componibili Smile
Lumiere 05 Tavolo Piccola
Bertoia Chair
BCN Bar Stool Wood
Generic C
Taj Mini
Beanbag Sacco
Big Battery
Planet Floor Lamp
Generic A
BCN Stool
Aplomb Outdoor
Bell Chair Set
Dr. Yes
Tavolo XZ3 Oval
Maui Chair
Bloom Pendant Light
Small FL/Y
Lumiere 05 Tavolo Grande
La Petite
Elephant Tube
Bloom Metallic Pendant Light
Magneto Tavolo
Special Edition
Be Bop
Elephant Sledge
Elephant Rocking
Gio Ponti Art Edition
Special Edition
Degree Side Table
Big FL/Y
Thin-K Dining Table
Boiacca Wood Dining table
LC6 Table
Hill House 1
Red and Blue
Miunn Stool S104
Le Soleil Sospensione LED
LC10-P Table
Le Soleil Sospensione
LC8 Swivel Stool
Tolomeo Faretto
Sgabillo Stool
Arco Chair
First Chair

Contemporary Italian Furniture Design

Post-war Italian plastic design

Italian post-war design was largely defined by the general economic upswing and the associated optimism: an environment perfectly suited for the new world of plastic design. Against a background of experimentation with the new materials and first attempts at producing plastic furniture of not only different colours and shapes, but also of ergonomically designed furniture responsive to the contemporary lifestyles Italy quickly became a key centre for plastic design. The breakthrough for plastic furniture came in the early 1960s and since then Italy has remained one of the most important producers and innovators.

Artemide Tolomeo Tavolo Micro

Italy and postmodern design from 1970 to 1989

In 1972 an exhibition on the theme of Italy in the New York Museum of Modern Art gave the Italian furniture design, and especially the manufacturer Kartell an unparalleled platform. For all the exhibition highlighted the more conceptual and provocative elements of Italian pop design which eventually gave way to the more radical "Anti-design" which sought to break with backward looking tendencies in Italian furniture and respond to current needs.

Contemporary Italian furniture design in the 90s

Throughout the 1990s Italian furniture designers favoured formally reserved if highly coloured objects, as well as strong focus on the modular seating and the creation of tables using acrylic glass.

Italian furniture design today

Italian furniture concepts from the 60s, 70s and 80s continue to exert a strong influence of contemporary furniture design. And not just the design. With the annual Milan Furniture Fair Italy is host to one of the global furniture industry's most important shows.

In our online shop you can buy many of original Italian designer furniture, lighting, chairs and tables.

Magis Tavolo XZ3

Classic Italian furniture design from Cassina

The classic modernism period from 1925 to 1945 marked a new era in Italian furniture design. The increasing industrialization was reflected in a new modern and functional style of furnishing. Many of the Italian designers used the classical materials of the industrial age - glass, metal and steel tube and many established Italian designer furniture manufacturers, such as Cassina have their roots in this era.

Componibili by Anna Castelli Ferrieri

Lamp design after 1960

Whereas lighting design must be considered independent from furniture design, the two disciplines have been closely interlinked throughout the industrial age. The new lamps no longer served the mere lighting of a room, but had a high decorative quality. Italy, inspired by space and science, developed into a leading nation in the field of lighting design, including, for example, ball lamps made of plastic which were modelled on planets or atomic nuclei while manufacturers such as Artemide have risen to become international market leaders.

Louis Ghost from Kartell

History of Italian design furniture

Until the Renaissance the chair was an unaffordable statutory symbol; however in more enlightened times became an indispensable component of Italian interior design. Especially popular were stools in all manner of variants and forms.

Stylish Italian baroque furniture

In the 17th century Italy was characterised by an unprecedented splendour in its furniture design. In addition to the splendid institutions, there were also functional furniture in Italy, such as stools, scissors stools, chests and tables.

Influence from France: Italian furniture in the Empire style

The arrival of the 19th century fundamentally altered the Italian furniture tradition - the furnishings became decorated with subtle arches and ornaments, which made them look symmetrical and balanced.

Functional furniture in naturalism

At the beginning of the 20th century, both in Spain and in Italy, a more nature-orientated, eccentric and imaginative furniture design developed. The furniture created often had several functions, for example, tables with built-in storage or chairs with integrated lights were developed.

LC7 Swivel Chair from Cassina