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Antonio Citterio

Antonio Citterio

Antonio Citterio (1950, Meda - ) is an Italian furniture designer and industrial designer who lives and works in Milan.

Antonio Citterio was born in the Italian city of Meda in 1950. He graduated in architecture from the Politecnico di Milano and opened his own studio in 1972, focusing mainly on industrial design. In 1999, Antonio Citterio and Patricia Viel formed 'Antonio Citterio and Partners' as a multidisciplinary office for architecture, industrial design and graphics. The firm develops projects for residential and commercial complexes and industrial facilities, plans the restructuring and conservation of public buildings, and produces interior designs for work areas, offices, showrooms and hotels. In addition to their further activities in the sector of corporate communications, image and identity, Citterio and Partners also design installation fixtures and graphics.

Since 1987, Citterio has worked with his wife, American architect Terry Dwan. Their studio, Citterio-Dwan has designed showrooms for both B&B Italia and Vitra and interiors for Esprit. By the end of the 1990's, his list of clients included the best design-oriented manufacturers in Europe including: Kartell, Vitra, Artemide, Flexform, Olivetti and Moroso.

The 1990's marked Citterio's first notable achievement in furniture design when he designed a new office seating product for Vitra. Executed in steel, leather and fabric, its elegance and simplicity belied the strength of its functionality. Citterio went on to create a series of colorful folding tables and trolleys made from plastic, aluminum and steel designed to provide an appealing option for office storage.

He has received numerous awards, including the Compasso d'Oro in 1987 and 1995. The product designs Mobil and Battista, which Citterio designed for Kartell, belong to the permanent collection of the New York Museum of Modern Art. Mobil, Battista, Dolly, Gastone and Oxo are part of the standing exhibition at the Centre Pompidou in Paris. Tools Citterio 2000, his tableware series for Iittala, is displayed in the permanent design exhibition at the Chicago Museum of Architecture and Design together with the Axor Citterio bath fixtures created for Hansgrohe.

In 2004, the Italian publishing house Electa issued a monograph entitled «Antonio Citterio Industrial Design». The English edition was produced by Phaidon Press. Another monographic work, written by Luigi Prestinenza Puglisi and published by Edilstampa under the title «Antonio Citterio», appeared in 2005. Antonio Citterio has served as a professor on the architectural faculty at the Università della Svizzera italiana since 2006.

In January 2007, Citterio's design for a daycare facility in Verona for GlaxoSmithKline was nominated for the Mies van der Rohe Award by the jury and included together with 32 other projects in the accompanying catalogue and exhibition. In July of the same year, the Italian publisher Skira produced the monograph «Antonio Citterio: Architecture and Design».

Also in 2007, Citterio was named 'Royal Designer for Industry' by the London-based Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures & Commerce. He is also a member of the Italian Design Council, which was established by the Italian Ministry for Culture.

In 2009 the office received the 'US award Workplace: qualità e innovazione' from the magazine «US-ufficiostile» for the design of Ermenegildo Zegna's corporate headquarters.

Citterio creates visual interest and harmony by combining materials and forms in original, yet relatively thoughtful and decorous ways. For example, he may mix high-tech and natural materials or rework earlier forms with stark modernist lines, but without the "radical eclecticism" and irony of designers like Robert Venturi and other postmodernists. Citterio received Compasso d'Oro awards in 1979 and 1987 and has taught design at the prestigious Domus Academy.

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