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The company Artemide was founded in 1960 by Ernesto Gismondi and Sergio Mazza and has since been active in high-quality decorative lighting. The headquarter is located in Pregnana, near Milan, Italy. Started small, Artemide has evolved over the years into a world-renowned and well-known manufacturer of designer lamps. Currently Artemide produces at 5 locations. For the specific production of lamp bases and shades two glass factories are available. In further two research institutions the potential use of new materials, designs and technical possibilities is steadily researched.

The close cooperation with international architects and designers enables realization of very special light constructions and lamp designs. The success confirms it, in the course of its business career Artemide received numerous design awards. Innovation is the key feature for the success of Artemide. In order to guarantee long-term success and to drive innovation onward constantly, the company has 68 employees alone in the research department.

Artemide Designer

To date, Artemide works with many successful, internationally known architects and designers. Only the know-how of each individual makes it possible to bring technical innovation and unique products to the market. While many other manufacturers rely on mass production, Artemide focuses on individuality and innovation of the products and their positive impact on the well-being of the human being. Therefore the contractors are rather referred to as artists, who have large design freedom in the development of designer lamps. This aspect will also be an opportunity to describe some of the artists below in more detail.

Ernesto Gismondi

Mr. Gismondi was born in 1931 in San Remo and, together with the designer Sergio Mazza founded the Studio Artemide Sas, from which the Artemide group developed eventually. He made his contribution with the lights Alistro, Camera, Tholos and Zen. In 2008 he was also awarded the "Entrepreneur of the Year" prize in the category "Innovation" by Ernst & Young.

Vico Magistretti

As an architect, designer and urban planner Vico Magistretti has been involved from the beginning in the success of Artemide and has influenced the product design significantly. Some of his works can be admired even today in well-known design museums such as the MoMA in New York. For Artemide he developed the table lamp Eclisse.

Richard Sapper

Artemide Tizio In the 70s Artemide managed an international success with the low-voltage halogen lamp "Tizio" by Richard Sapper from Germany. Even today this is one of the best-selling lights on the market. In addition to his activities as a developer and consultant in the product area Richard Sapper worked among others as a lecturer at Yale University.

Nearly as popular where the lamps "Melanos" by Mario Botta, "Callimaco" and "Pausania" by Ettore Sottsass, "Tolomeo" by Michele de Lucchi, "Fassina" by Giancarlo, "Montjuic" Santiago Calatrava or Nestore and "Polyphemus” by Carlo Forcolini.

For Artemide also worked De Pas / D'Urbino / Lomazzi, Örni Halloween, Francesco Castiglione Morelli, Enzo Mari and Pierluigi Nicolin. Through Artemide Litech a series of low-voltage lamps are sold for several years now, which are primarily intended for use in large buildings. FA Porsche developed the metal vapor lamps choreographer I, the light MÖWE and the system Mikado (1985) for this collection.

Artemide collection

Artemide Tolomeo Tavolo

The luminaires by Artemide impress with timeless design and high-end style. At the same time, the company has always remained true to its own style. Thanks to this timeless design luminaires such as the "Artemide Tolomeo Tavolo" are after 30 years still one of the most searched for lamps on the market. The extensive collection by Artemide includes besides classic table lamps also floor lamps, wall and ceiling lights.

The diversity of innovation by Artemide

Artemide can be divided into two divisions: Design and Architectural. In both areas the continuous development of innovative lighting systems is driven on and the formal and functional aspects.

For the development of new innovative lighting and lamp designs the following requirements are constantly in the focus:

  • Use of environmentally friendly materials
  • High Quality Assurance
  • Ease of use
  • Use of innovative bulbs

The philosophy of Artemide: The Human Light

Ultimately Artemide places the focus not alone on excellent lighting of rooms, but also on humans and their activities in this very room. The light of designer lamps should influence people´s life quality positively and enhance the well-being of each individual. The motto "The Human Light" is the optimum combination of flexibility, adaptability, the best possible lighting direction while minimizing resource consumption. Light, made for mankind.

Further information on Artemide can be found here: www.artemide.de