Sergio Mazza

In 1959, the architect Sergio Mazza (1931) founded the Artemide brand in Milan, together with the aeronautical engineer Ernesto Gismondi (1931), specialising in lighting equipment. Despite the artisan start (in the small space of the company in Via Moscova the lamps are worked by metallists and glassmakers, and the first catalogue contains only six models), the beginnings proved fruitful: in a short time Artemide established itself as one of the most qualified brands in its field, began to collaborate with designers such as Magistretti, BBPR, Gio Ponti, Livio Castiglioni, and lays the foundations of its future expansions. In the 1960s, Mazza designed her most famous lamps for the brand, those in nickel-plated brass, opaline glass and crystal: cult objects and the heritage of prestigious international museums, from suspension lamps such as Delta and Tau to the Clio wall light, from the Sigma ceiling lamp to the Alfa table lamp. The peculiarity of Artemide's products of that time is that on the one hand they guarantee the essential aesthetics and technologies of industrial design, but at the same time they are able to express the Italian tradition, through the choice and sophisticated processing of materials.

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