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In 2014, many design and manufacturing greats are celebrating significant milestones. We take a look at some of their most popular designs.
blue and white armchair

80 years

Founded in 1934, Molteni & C quickly went from an artisan workshop to an industrial company. Recently, after a two year research period, the company recreated furniture and furnishings by renowned designer Gio Ponti. Photo courtesy of Molteni & C.

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white mini kitchen

80 years

In 1934, Piero Boffi left his job with aircraft manufacturer Caproni and established Boffi, a kitchen and bathroom company dedicated to craft-like quality. Joe Colombo's 1963 Minikitchen, a large multi-functional trolley, remains one of Boffi's most popular products. Photo courtesy of Boffi.

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red chair

80 years

Xavier Pauchard’s galvanized sheet metal Model A chair is an icon of industrial aesthetics. Designed in 1934, it still remains a staple in both indoor and outdoor spaces. Photo courtesy of Tolix.

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round storage unit

75 years

Established in 1949, Kartell has produced numerous products that went on to become classics, showcased in museums and homes around the world. The Componibili modules, designed to meet various functional needs and slot into any home setting, remain one of Kartell's most successful products. Photo courtesy of Kartell.

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white writing desk

60 years

Founded by Aurelio Zanotta in 1954, Zanotta has established itself at the forefront of Italian design, collaborating with famed architects and designers such as Ettore Sottsass, Achille Castiglioni and Gae Aulenti. Their Quaderna desk, designed by Superstudio in 1970, is an important part of this legacy. Photo courtesy of Zanotta.

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beige chair

50 years

Master cabinet-maker John Geiger founded Interiors International Limited, the predecessor of Geiger International, in Toronto in 1964. The elegant Scissor Chair designed by Ward Bennet is offered in a metal or wood frame. Photo courtesy of Geiger.

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black chair

50 years

Gerrit Rietveld’s Steltman chair has recently been reissued by Rietveld Originals to mark its fiftieth anniversary. The chair, originally designed to seat engaged couples as they choose rings at the Steltman jewelry house in The Hague, was reproduced based on Rietveld’s drawings and one of the two original chairs, currently housed in Amsterdam’s Rijksmuseum. Photo courtesy of Rietveld Originals.

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kettal basket chair

50 years

Since its beginnings in 1964, Kettal has made a name for itself as a design and manufacturing company that focuses on quality and innovation. Kettal's Basket chair is a contemporary adaptation of Nanna and Jørgen Ditzel's 1950 bowl-shaped seat. Photo courtesy of Kettal.

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clothes valet

30 years

Compass is a solid wood clothes valet designed by Gamfratesi design studio. Both sturdy and playful, it is a perfect fit for Casamania, the Italian based design and manufacturing company, which is turning 30 this year. Photo courtesy of Casamania.

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dark brown storage unit

25 years

Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams, an internationally acclaimed home furnishing company, is currently celebrating 25 years of business. Their diamond patterned bar unit combines luxury and simplicity, much like many of their other products. Photo courtesy of Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams.

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paolo lenti portofino

20 years

Portofino is a luxurious new seating collection by Paola Lenti, a prominent Italian manufacturing company, which is turning 20 this year. Photo courtesy of Paola Lenti.

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blue and white armchair

80 years

Founded in 1934, Molteni & C quickly went from an artisan workshop to an industrial company. Recently, after a two year research period, the company recreated furniture and furnishings by renowned designer Gio Ponti. Photo courtesy of Molteni & C.

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