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Achille Castiglioni

Cherished worldwide, Achille Castiglioni was born in Milan in 1918, graduating from architecture at the University of his Birthplace in 1944. Upholding the intrinsically key animating spirit of Italian design, particularly within lighting, Castiglioni has worked alongside some of the most prestigious furniture manufacturers from Italy. 

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Arne Jacobsen

A career encapsulated by flirting between controversy and art nouveaux genius, Arne Jacobsen established global infamy by combining modernist ideals with a Nordic love of naturalism. Born in Copenhagen in 1902, Jacobsen secured an education at the Royal Academy of Arts in his homeland, drawing all future inspiration with the study of leading architects and designers of that era.

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Borge Mogensen

Born in Aalborg in 1914, Børge Mogensen played an intrinsic role in bringing Danish design to the forefront of international consciousness. Together with colleagues such as Arne Jacobsen and Hans Wegner, Mogensen created such new-found international respect for Danish furniture design.

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C.R. Mackintosh

With furnishing the Hill House Charles Rennie Mackintosh (1868-1928) oriented himself at the Bauhaus style: Purism, omitting naturalistic elements, almost mathematical functionality - a tribute to this popular style.

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Eero Aarnio

Considered as one of the most innovative designers of his generation, Eero Aarnio was born in Helsinki, Finland in 1932. Graduating from the Institute of Industrial Arts in his hometown, Aarnio did not take long to cause shockwaves with his stunning vision of Modernist furniture design.

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Eileen Gray

Lauded as a pioneer of the Modern Movement in architecture and design, Kathleen Eileen Moray Gray was born into an aristocratic family near Enniscorthy, a market town in south-eastern Ireland. An artistic flair was encouraged by her parents at a young age and she was fortunate enough to travel with her father extensively on painting tours of Italy and Switzerland.

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Finn Juhl

Renowned for his furniture design, Danish Finn Juhl studied under Kay Fisker at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts for Architecture. After graduating Juhl worked at Vilhelm Lauritzen’s architectural firm for 10 years and received the C.F. Hansen prize for young architects.

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Gino Sarfatti

Gino Sarfatti was born in Venice in 1912. He completed his education in engineering at the University of Genoa. Sarfatti focused his work in the lighting sector and founded Arteluce, which became known as the national and international reference point for the modern architecture movement in lighting

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Harry Bertoja

Artist, sound art sculptor and modern furniture designer, Harry Bertoia achieved huge commercial success during a glittering yet controversial career. Born in San Lorenzo, Italy in 1915, Bertoia made the radical decision to move to America at the tender age of 15 and soon earned a scholarship to study at the Cranbrook Academy of Art.

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Italiadesigns

We at Italia Designs use our passion and enjoyment of furniture design to select some true design highlights that will make your home unique and extraordinary. 

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Marcel Breuer

Marcel Lajos („Lajkó “) Breuer (* May 21st, 1902 in Fünfkirchen, Austro-Hungary; † July 1st, 1981 in New York) was a German-American architect and designer of Hungarian-Jewish origin. 

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Ron Gilad

Israeli designer Ron Gilad was born in Tel Aviv in 1972. He studied towards a degree in Industrial Design at the Bezalel Academy of Art and Design in Jerusalem before moving to New York in 2001 where he co-founded Designfenzider. 

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Warren Platner

American architect and interior designer Warren Platner studied architecture at Cornell University before working at various design and architecture firms including Raymond Loewy, I.M. Pei, Eero Saarinen and Kevin Roche. Whilst part of Eero Saarinen’s office he contributed to designs for Washington’s Dulles Airport, amongst other high profile projects. In 1966 he created his famous collection of chairs, ottomans and tables; a collection featuring sculptural bases of nickel-plated rods resembling a shiny sheaf of wheat, that has been in production ever since.

As Head of Interior Design for Kevin Roche, he created flexible office spaces, installing custom-made furniture and ergonomic desks. In 1965 he opened his own office Warren Platner Associates for which one of his first solo projects included the New York showroom for Danish silversmith and designer Georg Jensen. During his career he became synonymous with 1960s modernism, and is widely known for his prominent interiors including his ‘ocean liner’ design for the former New York World Trade Centre’s original Windows on the World restaurant. In 1995 he was awarded the prestigious Rome Prize.

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