Founded by Bruno Gatta in the 1946, Stilnovo, a well-known brand of lighting that has dominated the scene from the 1950s to the 80s, remains one of the key points in the history of Italian design in lighting technology.
Today, Stilnovo has a new company structure leds by Renato Consolati and backed by a team of professionals who make up a scientific committee aimed at relaunching the brand, thanks to its catalog made up of light fixtures signed by the most prestigious Italian designers.
For decades, Stilnovo is the most significant entity in the landscape of the design of the light fixture, which raises the interest of the historic periodical "Domus"becoming an essential point of reference for the most prestigiuous names of Italian design, such as Achille and Pier Giacomo Castiglioni, Joe Colombo, Danilo and Corrado Aroldi, Roberto Beretta, Antonio Macchi Cassia, De Pas D'Urbino Lomazzi’s studio, Ettore Sottsass, Cini Boeri, Gae Aulenti, Giorgio De Ferrari who design memorable pieces in Milan.
Examples include Periscopio, Manifesto, Nuvola, Multipla, Bridge, Topo, Lampiatta, Lucetta, Trepiù and Gomito - excellent specimens of a highly successful production chain that caters to the most varied forms of use: from private interiors to public places, and above all to a wide range of continuously innovative materials, recognizable in the differentiation of the aesthetic sign.
The re-edition of important iconic articles and the involvement of new figures of Italian and international design in the development of unpublished pieces are just some of the projects on the Stilnovo agenda, able to bring new stimuli and an active collaboration between artisans and designers, a 100% Made in Italy product.
The re-release of icons has been made possible only a wealth of experience.
This means reconnecting and reactivating various human and technical links in a correct way. Among these, to reproduce, in the sense of producing anew, lamps from back then. After the approval of the designers, the first problem, was to find the original models. But, in the end, through the help of generous friends and designers who had held onto some samples from the first production lines and companies who rent out the last remaining originals, we were able to complete our collection. In order to understand correctly as to how to proceed, it was of fundamental importance to interview the creators, who talked about the history of each single object and about whether there were any compromises between the original idea and finished product.
We had to take the lamps and all components apart, analyze them in order to see what methods were used to build them, and in each piece we discovered the justifying logic for each choice made. The history of modern lighting passes through the people and companies who made these products and brought on their evolution.
The italian "workshop" from fifty years ago had production chains that nowadays are only rarely used. Successive technological innovations provided designers and companies with new ideas for previously impractical forms. Innovative machinery with an unbelievable reduction in costs made it possible to use new materials and new and more efficient working methods in order to make components that had never been used before because they were considered too costly. An analysis of the lamps from back then and their components was a bit like getting a glimpse of those hills where time has worn away the layers of the earth and underlying rock.
It was a true and proper archeaological investigation, a freeze frame of the evolution of Italian industry after the war through to today. The present new norms regarding the use of electrical components or, more simply, the disappearance of some light bulbs which have made it necessary for us to rethink some of the details of these lamps that are part of the history of design. Inevitable operations that will, however, not change the marvelous aesthetics of these authentic masterpieces. We will not stop here.
Stilnovo takes up the same path: it is only a passing on of tradition.
Nowadays, Stilnovo is among the few companies able to completely customize any project requested, such as in dimensions, finishings, colours...
Our team of highly skilled artisans is able to solve and respond to any need, whether it be a simple project or a larger one, as for the contract market, or a single product rather than a series.