Revival vs. Innovation
The grand review: These are the trends and highlights of this year's Milan furniture fair.
Via Vittorio Veneto 57
20834 Nova Milanese
Zanotta was founded in 1954 by Aurelio Zanotta. The period of intense creativity in Zanottas production began in 1965. Aurelio Zanotta produced Throw Away, a de-boned armchair obtained with blocks of glued polyurethane, designed by Willie Landels. In the years to follow Zanotta produced proposals by young designers, achieving brilliant success: Sacco by Gatti, Paolini and Teodori and the inflatable Blow armchair by De Pas-D Urbino-Lomazzi. In the 1980s the firm received its third Compasso d`oro prize, for the Tonietta chair by Enzo Mari, produced with the aim of creating a mass-produced object without sacrificing fine craftsmanship and good design. Recent catalogue entries are characterized by a tendency toward minimalist synthesis and severe geometries, as in the Uni table by Roberto Barbieri or the Florence containers by Alfredo Häberli.