Artemide

Milan / Italy

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Known for its "The Human Light" philosophy, Artemide Italia boasts high skills in light design and innovation, with products originating from research and high-quality manufacturing. The company is one of the global leaders of the design lighting sector. An exciting product range has made its cataloge become synonym with design and innovation made in Italy. But Artemide's products are much more than highly refined design objects, ensuring a top technical performance; they are objects born from man's experience and meant to satisfy man's needs, to accompany him in his daily activities, and to improve the quality of life.

This concept manifested itself, for instance, in Metamorfosi, a systems of changing lights and colors which takes into account the particular time of day and adapts to the varying atmospheres and moods. Such functional aspects, however, are unfailingly accompanied by elegant and timeless design and outstanding technical performance. With the collections of both its interior and outdoor lighting ranges Artemide made the history of design, and continues to do so to this day.

Artemide: a story of success

Artemide was founded in Milan in 1960 by Ernesto Gismondi, a design enthusiast with degrees in aeronautical and missle engineering, and the architect Sergio Mazza, whose lamp Alfa became the company's design. Already the first decade yielded a number of products that soon became internationally renowed icons of quality and excellence. One outstanding example, and certainly a symbol for the successful collaborations of those early years, is the table lamp Eclisse, designed in 1967 by Vico Magistretti and awarded with the Compasso d'Oro.

In 1980 Artemide opens there first branch in the United States. In 1987 the company, in a collaboration with Michele De Lucchi and Giancarlo Fassina, launches Tolomeo, a highly innovative desk lamp that was remunerated with another Compasso d'Oro and decorated homes and offices world wide. To this day it is one of Artemide's best-selling products. After many other remarkable achievements, in 1995 the company receives the much-noticed Compasso d’Oro Award for "Career Achievements", followed by the European Design Prize in 1997. In 2004 the Pipe lamps by Herzog & de Meuron is awarded with yet another Compasso d’Oro Award and the Pirce series wins one of numerous Red Dot Design Awards that, over the years, went to products from the Artemide catalogue.

Technology & environmental sustainability

Research and testing on lighting concept, innovation and technology in light control and management, great attention to environmentally sustainable materials and, in general, to ecological requirements, as well as a deep-rooted devotion to design are the key values which distinguish Artemide and represent the ideas on which the company's products are based. At the heart of of it all is the Giacinto Gismondi centre of innovation in Pregnana Milanese. With it optics division, electronics projects, materials and luminary sources, the centre develops and sharpens every new product from concept to industrial production, in order to guarantee best results in regards to quality and international standards.

Within a policy of reduction of energy consumption Artemide's commitment in terms of eco-sustainability takes concrete shape through the promotion of its leading products in new LED versions with low energy consumption and very long operation time which, in turn, lead to reduced CO2 emissions and short maintenance cycles and provide high light efficiency. LED technology has surely revolutionised the world of lighting. Today Artemide is planning a survey which involves not only optoelectronic innovations, but also a study on the capability of interactiing with the surroundings in the context of a digital dialogue. Artemide starts new important themes about photonics and new technologies in order to sketch a future vision, a new way of interpreting and living litghting.

Distribution and marketing

Headquartered at Pregnana Milanese, the Artemide Group has an ample international distribution presence which comprises 60 single brand showrooms in the most important cities around the world and "shop in shop" selling in the most prestigious illumination and furniture shops. Currently Artemide products are sold in 83 countries worldwide. With 5 manufacturing plants in Italy, France, Hungary, and Canada, 2 glassworks, and 1 research and innovation team supported by ground breaking prototyping and testing labs, the Group currently counts about 750 employees, including 60 involved in R&S activities, thus confirming the primary role of innovation as a key factor for the Group’s success.

Artemide Lamps are considered on an international level as Design Icons of contemporary design; they are exhibited in most museums of modern art and design collections. (MoMA – New York, Metropolitan Museum of Art – New York, Victoria and Albert Museum – Londra, Museo Nazionale della Scienza e della Tecnica – Milano, Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Moderna – Roma, Parigi, Centre Georges Pompidou ecc.). Artemide has always collaborated with the most famous international designers and actively promotes workshops with design schools in order to find the best young talents. The company has promoted its image through huge advertising campaigns carried out in collaboration with the most prestigious advertising companies and with some of the most important world photographers, such as Aldo Ballo, Elliott Erwitt, Oliviero Toscani, Chris Broadbent, Jean-Pierre Maurer and Fulvio Bonavia.

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