At the beginning of the 1950s, what is now known as ‘Italian design’ started with Zanotta. Alongside the icon pieces cited in art books and exhibited in museums the world over, Zanotta produces sofas, beds, armchairs, bookcases and tables of various sizes with an innovative, distinctive design.
Established in 1954, Zanotta is one of the recognized leaders in Italian industrial design. Guided by the insight and wonderful entrepreneurship abilities of the founder, Aureilio Zanotta, beginning in the 1960s it won and has held the international spotlight. This was thanks to its products: emblematic for both their formal and technological innovations.
Internationally famed architects and designers have always been called in to create the products. Some of them are: Achille Castiglioni, Gae Aulenti, Marco Zanuso, Ettore Sottsass, Joe Colombo, Alessandro Mendini, Andrea Branzi,Carlo Mollino, Bruno Munari, Alfredo Haberli, Werner Asslinger and Ross Lovegrove.
Today’s collection comprises these furniture types: armchairs, sofas, storage units, bookcases, chairs, tables, coffee-tables and furnishing accessories.
Diverse manufacturing technologies are employed. In harmony with the corporate philosophy aimed at R&D, they allow the advanced use of a host of materials, like metals (aluminum alloy, stainless steel, brass, bronze, etc.), plastics, glass, marble, granite, wood, fabrics and leather.
In 1989 the “Zanotta Edizioni” collection was added to our line; these furnishing objects are close to applied art. Freed from the constraints of mass-production, the collection’s articles are handmade to a great extent. By harking back to the most significant facets of Italy’s artistic craft tradition, they revive and rework disused techniques, like mosaic, inlay and painted decorations.
The pieces in the “Zanotta Edizioni” are supposed to be selected and loved, as one picks and loves paintings, sculptures, rugs and tapestries. They, too, are destined to expressively enhance the home. Lastly, this small-batch or numbered and limited edition will augment their value over time.
Many of our pieces’ forms rise above the triteness of the threadbare expressions or represent creations that went against the tide. So many creations are mentioned in design history books and displayed at the world’s major museums, from New York’s MOMA and Metropolitan Museum to the Paris Centre George Pompidou.
Zanotta has received legions of prizes for its achievements. They include three Compasso d’Oro Awards: in 1968, in 1979 and in 1987.