Giotto Stoppino

One of the key figures of Italian Neoliberty, Giotto Stoppino (1926-2011), made himself known at the '54 Triennale show. In this occasion, he exhibited a series of innovative pieces of furniture made in curved plywood. In the mid '50s, it was in fact common for Italian designers to react to the fashionable Scandinavian style with new ideas and materials applied to ergonomic shapes. Stoppino began a fruitful collaboration with designers Vittorio Gregotti and Lodovico Meneghetti, which lasted until the '60s (the three designers also opened a studio in Novara). They created innovative furniture, such as the lightweight cane armchairs for Bonacina in 1961. The '70s marked the success of Stoppino’s metal pieces, such as the 537 lamp for Arteluce, which was exhibited in the show "Italy: the New Domestic Landscape" at the MoMA in New York in 1972; his golden Sheraton sideboard won the Compasso d'Oro award in 1979.

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