FORMER /Busnelli

Who we are


Former was born in the 60’s in Brianza, the northern area of Italy known worldwide as the “Furniture District”, the beating heart of ‘Made in Italy’.
This territory with extensive understanding of materials and a long history of furniture manufacturing houses the best handmade workshops which have met the greatest masters of Italian Design. The history of Former fits into this historical context.
In 1925 Fumagalli family opened its own furniture workshop dedicated to skilful woodwork.
In 40 years the business has grown, the family’s efforts and commitment were both rewarded and in 1971 Former became a company recognised worldwide for the manufacturing of high quality furniture.


The history of Gruppo Industriale Busnelli has started in Meda in 1953, in a period of dramatic change for the Italian industry caused the “wish for houses and furnishing in the devastated country, after the World War”. Giving up quickly the hand-made manufacture, the company has committed in a deep transformation in the way of living and habits of Italians.

The production has started a new path through design and project, showing a growing interest in using new materials and new technologies. 

A journey through innovative forms, insight, emotions, technology, history and style to discover design as reflection of beauty.

Our values


Former produces furniture systems for day area and night area designed for containing, organising and separating spaces with fluency, contributing to the architectural definition of living areas able to change and grow up together with us.

Wardrobes, walk-in closets, equipped panel systems, bookcases and a wide selection of furniture for day and night areas: an offer in continuous improvement
and constant evolution of style.
Former products are developed for people who are looking for a high value lifestyle and versatility, those who want to stand out looking for unique pieces.
A world of refinement, design history and fascination for timeless products. The summary of Former style: luxury, modernity, high quality of raw materials and technological innovation.  


Being protagonist of the scene, Busnelli is constantly engaged in the production of upholstered furniture made in Italy, characterized by tailoring and customization. The company interprets the Italian style of living enhancing the space by objects that become key products.
Thanks to the ability to ensure high quality standards all Busnelli products, sofas, beds, tables, cupboards and loose furniture are the expression of a sophisticated design, a careful research and attention to details that result in a unique casual and accessible elegance.