Modern lighting since 1959
Artemide has been producing some of the industy's best looking, award winning fixtures since 1959 and one of the top brands in Modern and Contemporary lighting based in Italy
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Overview - Artemide
If you are familiar with Italian Lighting, you should be familiar with one of Italy's most famous design Icons, Artemide. Responsible for such design icons such as "Tolomeo" and "Tizio" series of lights, Artemide celebrated its 50th anniversary in Milan, home of their company headquarters. Lets have a look at why Artemide is a shining star in the world of modern lighting. Design Icons, Classics and a cult following. Artemide was founded in 1960 by Ernesto Gismondi and Sergio Mazza. Italy was considered a design mecca at this time. Umberto Eco writes about this era, " if other countries have a design theory, Italy has a design philosophy, perhaps even one ideology." The new ideology of the 20th century was "form follows function". The 70's and 80's were full of such designed objects. Artemide and other Italian manufacturers threw this ideal out the window and soon designate was now positive, pleasurable and with a new interpretation of light. Post modernism was born in both design and architecture. Suddenly, a new respect for designers was born as designers from Milan were highly in demand internationally. Some of the well known designers that helped propel Artemide to international success are Richard Sapper, Michele De Lucchi, Santiago Calatrava and Ettore Sottsass. Design is visible everywhere, all things have an aesthetic touch today. It all started with Italian products in the 1970's and the trend has reached worldwide. Today the Tizio and Tolomeo products are highly coveted as design icons, they started a real run for Arrtemide Luminaires. Numerous Artemide products are designed by Ross Lovegrove and Ernesto Gismondi. The 90's: " The Human Light" The architect of the Carlotta de Bevilacqua was quoted as saying " The Human Light" represents a further step of Artemide in the center of all people's lives and activities. The aim is to improve light quality in terms of NEEDS of the people. Man's well being is now a maxim for the development of intelligent technology. The first collection to be produced under this philosophy was called "Metamorfosi." "Metamorfosi" offers the possibility of different lighting moods staged through color settings. This is done using additive color mixing technology for a range of environments and moods. "Esperita" by Ernesto Gismondi was created with this unique innovation in mind. Innovative Technologies Artemide recognizes that LED technology, in the context of sustainability is the lighting source of the future. The "Kaio" is the world's first task light designed to take advantage of the benefits of LED lighting. Artemide's technological edge is shown with portable LED lights such as the "Sui" by Carlotta de Bevilacqua. In 2007, a turning point in human history occurred: this was the first time that more people lived in cities than in rural areas of the globe. Artemide recognizes this global challenge in urbanization and has stepped forward. "Solar Tree" stands for a revolutionary concept for urban lighting and is made in collaboration with designer Ross Lovegrove and Sharp Solar design. "My White Light" The result of international research projects done by architects, designers and experts has resulted in "My White Light". The conclusion of this research suggests that white light demonstrates a positive effect on all human activites. The innovation of new technology allows a new approach allowing a wide number of variations. Artemide carries with it over 50 years of design history with a global presence totaling 50 showrooms and employing over 750 people.