Is Modern Italian Architecture Dead?

For aficionados of modern design it is highly likely that you will possess a piece of furniture designed by the famous Italian designer Antonio Citterio.

His interiors and furnishings grace many prestigious fashion boutiques and showrooms from Valentino in Milan, De beers in London, Cerruti in New York and Bvlgari in Japan.

But despite many accolades and awards for his work in design over the decades Citterio still regards himself first and foremost an architect. He believes architecture is fundamental in giving him structure and form to everything he does.

He studied architecture in Milan and after graduating he opened his own design studio in 1972.

It was only later in 1981 that he began designing architectural projects and in 1987 he worked with the architect and designer Terry Dwan.

For 10 fruitful years together they designed many buildings and commercial spaces in Europe and Japan including the Habitat store in London in 1996.

In 1999 he brought his love of architecture and design together under one roof forming Antonio Citterio & Partners.

Since then Citterio has also found time in his busy schedule to teach at the Architecture Academy in Mendrisio and pass on his passion for architecture.

In addition, he also lectures and holds conferences worldwide and over the years his work has been extensively exhibited and published, with some of his industrial designs in permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art, New York and the Pompidou Centre in Paris.

Nowadays his work takes him all over the world and recently he has been working on projects in Southeast Asia.

Like so many architects today he is concerned with the environment and what we are doing to it. He is looking to make buildings energy efficient and more sustainable.

Because of this sensibility to the environment he is aware of the need to use local materials in his designs and be mindful of the culture while still trying to be contemporary.

He also believes in being at the cutting edge of new processes in manufacturing and using these in his designs.

An example of this can be seen in his work with Arclinea kitchens where high-tech manufacturing and natural materials meet his simple aesthetic.

Antonio Citterio’s designs can be seen once again in Thailand with the opening of Arclinea and B&B Italia’s new showroom in Bangkok.