The Molteni Group is one of Italy’s leading international furnishings companies. It consists of four companies, each one at the forefront of its sector: Molteni&C SpA (home furnishings), Unifor SpA (office furnishings), Dada SpA (kitchens) and Citterio SpA (office furnishings and partitions). Molteni offers global furnishing in Italy and in over eighty countries all over the world. Molteni&C was founded in 1934 in Giussano, Brianza. In 1969 Molteni&C took over office furniture manufacturer Unifor SpA, as well as acquiring a stake in Citterio SpA, specialized in partition walls for offices. Close partnerships were established with Italian and international designers: Gio Ponti, Aldo Rossi, Luca Meda, Afra and Tobia Scarpa, Jean Nouvel, Alvaro Siza, Foster+Partners, Dante Bonuccelli, Rodolfo Dordoni, Ferruccio Laviani, Patricia Urquiola, Ron Gilad, Vincent Van Duysen, to name but a few. Today Molteni is one of the few groups guaranteeing an integrated cycle – it has total control over every aspect of production, from the choice of materials to the final definition of the product.
VINCENT VAN DUYSEN
The relationship between interior design and architecture in his work is profound. Furnishings and accessories are designed with an architectural perspective that is not limited by form, but is expressed with a careful perception of interior space and its relationship to the exterior architecture. By interpreting architecture and redefining its proportions, Van Duysen creates objects of great purity and simplicity that still retain a concrete character and solid form.
Vincent Van Duysen was appointed Creative Director of the Molteni&C and Dada brands in April 2016. After the success of the Gliss Master wardrobe system the new partnership will focus on coordinating the brands’ image and retail concept.
Rodolfo Dordoni, architect and designer, was born in Milan, where he graduated in Architecture. His collaboration with Molteni&C has gone beyond the production of individual products and has become the creation of a collection for the dining room and night systems. These projects feature hidden high-technology in the products.
For many years Rodolfo Dordoni was the Head of art direction at Artemide, Cappellini, Fontana Arte, Foscarini and Minotti. He designs for different companies such as Artemide, Cappellini, Cassina, Ceramica Flaminia, Ceramiche Mutina, Dada, Dornbracht, Driade, Effegibi, Emu, Ernestomeda, Fantini, Fiam Italia, Flos, Flou, FontanaArte, Foscarini, Jab, Kartell, Kettal, KnIndustrie, MatteoGrassi, Minotti, Molteni&C, Moroso, Olivari, Pamar, Poliform, Poltrona Frau, Roda, RB Rossana, Salvatori, Sambonet, Serralunga, Techno, The Rug Company and Venini. Dordoni Architects works in the architecture field and the interior design of residential, commercial and exhibition sectors.
Giovanni “Gio” Ponti, (Milan, November 18, 1891 - Milan, September 16, 1979), is one of the Italian masters of architecture. He was also a designer and essayist and one of the most important of the twentieth century.
Gio Ponti was an Italian promoter of industrial design and introduced the idea of interior furnishing ranges produced as being a "sophisticated," economic, "democratic" and modern. Molteni&C managed a reissuing project of furniture and furnishings designed by Gio Ponti for products for these private homes and limited editions.
by Vincent Van Duysen
Gliss Master satisfies the desire for a new series of wardrobes that are at once technologically and aesthetically avant garde. Gliss Master is a fortunate combination of purity of forms, use of materials and exclusive technologies that gives rise to a functional design, in which the visual and tactile aspects are key.