contemporist has partnered with Molteni&C to bring you this editorial feature
As a natural evolution of its retail presence in over 90 countries, with more than 700 stores, Molteni Group is continuing to pursue innovation and digitization, design excellence they are known for in the ecommerce world.
Before we take a look at some of the options that can be found on the new Molteni&C website, let’s learn more about the company and its origins.
Where It All Started
In 1934, Angelo Molteni set up his own artisan workshop in Giussano, an area of Italy that is now known as a furniture district. By 1947, his workshop staff had grown to over 60, and it was becoming less of an artisan workshop and more of a factory. In the 1950s, the company began working with international designers and architects, like Yasuhiko Itoh, Werner Blaser, and Donato D’Urbino.
The 1960s and 1970s were a time for evolving, as machines from Germany allowed the company to produce increasingly quality furniture on an industrial scale, and Angelo Molteni joined, among the other founders, Milan’s first Salone del Mobile, the highly successful furniture fair that made its debut on 24 September 1961.
In 1968 Molteni&C made a stylistic switch from classic to modern adapting their high quality signature furniture to a new modern design contemporary standard.
From the late ‘80s , the company worked with even more designers, including Aldo Rossi, Jean Nouvel, Afra e Tobia Scarpa as well as Luca Meda who has been the creative for many years, and marking the beginning the Molteni&C Contract Division era, signing a series of important turnkey solutions for large scale projects around the globe.
From 2000 to the present day, Molteni&C has become known as one of the world’s leading manufacturers, with a large range of furniture crafted by, designers such as Patricia Urquiola, Ferruccio Laviani, Rodolfo Dordoni, Hannes Wettstein, and Ron Gilad. Today, the creative director of the Molteni&C|Dada is the renown Belgian designer Vincent Van Duysen.
Watch the video below to hear how the designers work with Molteni&C.