Established in 1959 by Ernesto Gismondi and Sergio Mazza, Artemide specializes in the manufacturing of lighting designed by architects and has created award-winning collaborations with some of the world's most talented designers including Naoto Fukasawa, David Chipperfield, Zaha Hadid, Jean Nouvel, Karim Rashid and Herzog & De Meuron.
Among Artemide's extensive collections are two icons of modern Italian design: the Tizio Desk Lamp designed by Richard Sapper and the Tolomeo Desk Lamp designed by Michele De Lucchi and Giancarlo Fassina, both of which are included in the permanent collections of The Metropolitan Museum of Art and The Museum of Modern Art.
Situated in Pregnana Milanese, the Artemide Group, certification ISO 9001:2015 (Quality) and ISO 14001:2015 (Environment), has an ample international distribution presence in which the single brand showrooms sprouts in the most important cities in the world and Artemide distributes its products through a broad network of retailers and dealers supported by global partnerships with major architecture and lighting design firms. Founded in 1960s, Artemide is one of the most known illumination brands in the world. Known for its "The Human Light" philosophy, Artemide boasts high skills in light design and innovation, with products originating from research and high-quality manufacturing. The company filed lots of patents on inventions in time for the development of innovative technological, mechanical, and opto-electrical solutions (10 patents filed in 2016 alone).
Artemide has contributed to the history of the international design with products like Eclisse (1967, from Vico Magistretti), Tolomeo (1989, from Michele De Lucchi and Giancarlo Fassina), Pipe (2004, from Herzog & De Meuron) and the IN-EI Collection (2014, Issey Miyake), all showed at the Compasso Doro Awards. In 1994 Artemide received The "Compaso Doro" career Award and European Design Prize In 1997 and "Leonardo italian Quality Prize" in 2012.
The Artemide Lamps are considered on an international level as Design Icons of contemporary design; they are exhibited in most museums of modern art and design collections. (MoMA - New York, Metropolitan Museum of Art - New York, Victoria and Albert Museum - Londra, Museo Nazionale della Scienza e della Tecnica - Milano, Galleria Nazionale dArte Moderna - Roma, Parigi, Centre Georges Pompidou ecc.). Artemide has always collaborated with the most famous international designers and actively promotes workshops with design schools in order to find the best young talents. In its pursuit of innovation, Artemide partnered for research with outstanding Italian and international Universities.