Who we are
Established in 1954, Zanotta is one of the recognized leaders in the history of Italian Design.
Guided by the insight and wonderful entrepreneurship abilities of the founder, Aurelio Zanotta, beginning in the 1960s it won the international spotlight thanks to its products: emblematic for both their formal and technological innovations.
Zanotta catalogue, made up by various product typologies (sofas, beds, bookcases, chairs, tables, coffee-tables and furnishing accessories) is marked by both historical and contemporary products, all designed by internationally famed architects and designers like: Achille Castiglioni, Gae Aulenti, Marco Zanuso, Ettore Sottsass, Joe Colombo, Alessandro Mendini, Carlo Mollino, Bruno Munari, DePas-D’Urbino-Lomazzi, Enzo Mari, Alfredo Häberli, Roberto Barbieri, Ross Lovegrove, Ludovica+ Roberto Palomba, Ora Ito, Noé Duchaufour Lawrance, Damian Williamson.
Many of our pieces rise above the triteness of the threadbare expressions or represent creations that go against the tide and so are mentioned in design history books and displayed at the world's major museums (New York's MoMA and Metropolitan Museum, the Paris Centre George Pompidou, the London Design Museum, Berlin's Arts and Crafts Museum, the Vitra Design Museum in Weil am Rhein, the Israel Museum in Jerusalem, etc.)
Profit and culture can coexist. For anybody it’s a problematic mix, for Zanotta is an absolute value; This philosophy has been constantly implemented over the years through intensive research and experimentation conducted in both the technological and stylistic frameworks.
The DNA of Zanotta has quality, functionality, comfort, duration - both in terms of materials and design – and product innovation.
This way of doing business has made Zanotta a highly renowned leading player of the Italian Design history, besides winning its international fame.
From the early 1970s, along with the production of innovative items, Zanotta has experimented with a new production trend - which has been consolidated over the years – and added a series of “historical items” to its catalogue: original pieces that, having been designed as unique items for specific interiors, had never been mass-produced.
Among these we find items designed in the 1930s by: Giuseppe Terragni, Gabriele Mucchi, Piero Bottoni and other architects who, as members of the Italian Rationalist Movement, were the first to experiment with the new design opportunities offered by the growing industry of modern furniture. Other noteworthy re-editions by Zanotta include furniture items designed in the 1940s by Carlo Mollino, the seats Sella and Mezzadro by the Castiglioni brothers and the famous stool designed by Max Bill in the 1950s. Those were the years that marked the dawn of the “Italian Design” phenomenon.
By recovering these objects designed by famous architects, whose work contributed to the evolution of the Italian culture of living, Zanotta has created a bond of continuity between its collection (started in 1954) and the past, beside launching a project that, dear to the company’s founder, focused on outlining in Zanotta’s catalogue a ‘microhistory’ of the evolution of modern furniture Design from the early 1900s until today.
Zanotta deems quality as important as design: precious materials and finishings, focus on detail, functionality, comfort, safety and duration have always been the distinctive marks of all products in Zanotta’s collection.
Made in Italy 100% production is a further trade-mark that guarantees hogh quality standards.
Quality at Zanotta also stands for: research, organization, service, credibility, reliability and after-sale customer care. It is a commitment without compromises aiming at assuring quality in time.
Zanotta’s product must meet customer requirements both when it is delivered and over the years, during daily use, by proving to be strong, functional, easy to maintain, hard to deteriorate, eco-compatible and recyclable.
The company’s worldwide sales network demands ongoing product adaptation to the evolving requirements of international technical standards.
The valuable know-how acquired in the regulatory field (since 1990 Zanotta has been a member of both Italian and international standardization institutes) enables Zanotta to create products that meet regulations enforced in different countries in terms of: fire safety, environment-friendly features, consumer protection, ergonomics, safety, resistance and duration. Especially in 2015, achieved the international certifications UNI EN ISO 9001:2008 for the quality management systems, OHSAS 18001:2007 for the health and safety in work places and TÜV PROFICERT-product quality particularly for the upholstered pieces for the living room like William and Bruce, the bed Talamo, the armchair Calla and the chair Lia.
Zanotta is focused on eco-friendly development issue. The company has embraced the great challenge in order to save the Earth through greater commitment and a new integrated approach that must involve all the company choices and strategies.
We trust that every activity related to design, production and distribution must be carried out with respect for the environment, for health and dignity of the human kind, in order to assure the future generations the best life quality.
Bearing in mind that one of the main requirements of environmental-friendly furnishing products is the longevity, Zanotta has always invested in those factors that determine the long-term of a furniture piece. First of all the Design, a real added value that may significantly help to prolong the products life.
This has resulted in a great attention to the basic principles of "good Design", that being that must necessarily be also sustainable: disassembling, ergonomics, choice of non-toxic and hypo-allergenic materials, recyclable and not subject to rapid obsolescence, using standardized testing techniques for strength, functionality and durability of products.