The Founding Members
Two minds, one ambition, one desire. The will to create, transform and interpret. A shared passion: for glass. This is how the ideas studio was born. It was 1955. Pierangelo Gallotti and Luigi Radice established an artistic space dedicated to glass decoration. Tradition and innovation came together to enable small-scale yet precious production. The first pieces included lighting appliances, furnishing items, mirrors. They were all one-off pieces. They were all made exclusively by hand
Memories: Gallotti&Radice's story described by the founders
Gallotti&Radice is born
Grow, make innovations, carry out research. The two associates became aware that they could not stop at artistic production and decoration only and felt the need and wished to expand the collection. They therefore enrolled at the School of Industrial Art at the Sforza Castle in Milan. Here, they took design and decoration courses, grasping every aspect of technical and ornamental design in detail. A unique project, a novel challenge was born: Gallotti&Radice was born.
Gallotti&Radice is characterised by detailed production, which necessitates continual research and great understanding and mastery of the various work processes. The workmanship is not carried out by simply anybody. Extremely high level craftsmen are employed, those that are familiar with the material. They understand the glass Masters and students who safeguard the secrets of the workmanship. A tradition which transcends generations.
Luigi Massoni designs the first Gallotti&Radice table
This is how Adam was born. The architect, Luigi Massoni, explicitly requested the collaboration of Gallotti&Radice to create a furniture display cabinet pane in Milan, at the time, a reference store in terms of Italian design. A table set up for the Christmas celebrations was needed. Adam was the first table created completely from light, transparent, elegant glass. It was 1971. It was an unexpected success.
A challenge and a clearly defined objective: create tables for a display within the Brionvega store in Rome. Join two glass surfaces, one horizontal and one vertical. Join them relying on a play of forms which evokes rationalism and novel modernity even in terms of the materials used: the glass and steel. The Tris small table set is born. The first of an extensive range of products characterised by the steel joint, which presents its relative beauty and elegance, serving to conceal the genuine attachment system.
Sogo Italian Fair
Sogo Italian Fair, Royal Hotel Osaka, Kyoto: the very first time the Company participated in a sector trade show.
Mia di Monza, first Italian trade show
Mia di Monza management asked Gallotti&Radice to create a sculpture to be placed in the entrance garden leading to the Villa Reala. The kaleidoscope shape draws inspiration from the symbol of peace - a powerful and extremely recognisable sign at the time - and multiplied, by means of a play of mirrored elements and prisms, the scenographic effects of the fountain. Within the villa, Gallotti&Radice presents its home ideas: tables, lamps, beds, coffee tables, mirrors and furnishing accessories, all made from glass.
Headquarters and family management: the 80s and 90s
Gallotti&Radice is a family-run company. A family needs a place in which to live, a space in which to develop. Pierangelo Gallotti himself transformed such requirements into a project, with the help of Luigi Massoni. The building represents the soul of the company: empty and filled spaces, colours, light, transparency, simplicity and elegance are features forming part of the design. During this time, another significant event took place. The founding members have always managed the company with passion, commitment and dedication and even succeeded in transmitting these values to the new generation, which are still going strong at present with Silvia and Massimo Gallotti, Marco and Pierangelo Radice.
Gallotti&Radice and the initial 30 years
The office, the new challenge
Air demoting airiness, lightness, transparency and elegance which vehemently penetrate usually rigid and static areas: the office. The success of this collection is largely owing to the concept of novel aesthetics. And to the elegance of a timeless design. Least forgetting the visible quality. It is in the air. It transforms spaces and locations. Presented in 2008, this collection managed to, with time, identify the requirements of a new market, transforming to presently become a complete system boasting extreme versatility, At present, Air represents the most widely sold Gallotti&Radice product both in Italy and abroad.