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Introducing: The History Of Foscarini Lighting

Posted on January 20 2017

Since the company was first started, Foscarini Lighting have maintained a reputation for fresh ideas and technological innovation. It's been a long road that's brought the brand to where they are today. Here's a look at the events that have led to the lighting design group being so highly esteemed.

1981: Foscarini was set up on Murano Island, Venice.

1983: The brand debut their first collection of lamps, designed by Carlo Urbinati and Alessandro Vecchiato.

1985: The company create their first collection in collaboration with external designers - Wassily Off The Wall by Adam Tihany and Joseph Mancini.

1988: Carlo Urbinati and Alessandro Vecchiato become the company owners and managers.

1990: Foscarini achieve their first major success with Lumiere, designed by Rodolfo Dordoni.

1992: Orbital, Ferruccio Laviani’s debut lamp, is the first Foscarini lamp made of industrial glass.

1993: Havana, designed by Joseph Forakis, is the first Foscarini lamp made of a material other than glass - namely polythene.

1994: Foscarini moves from Murano Island to Marcon, on Venetian terra firma.

1996: The company is among the first in the industry to receive UNI EN ISO 9001 quality system certification.

2000: The Mite and Tite lamps developed in conjunction with Marc Sadler are launched. The same year, Foscarini launches its first corporate identity communication project.

2001: Foscarini and Marc Sadler, thanks to the Mite and Tite lamps, are awarded the Compasso d’Oro for “the bold technological innovation”.

2002: Lux magazine, Foscarini's first publishing experience, starts off.

2003: The new Foscarini facility is inaugurated in Marcon, Venice.

2005: Caboche, designed by Patricia Urquiola and Eliana Gerotto, inaugurates a successful season for Foscarini, with models such as Twiggy and Gregg.

2008: The Brand becomes the official sponsor of the Venice Biennale Exhibition.

2009: Foscarini and Diesel sign a licensing deal as part of the 'Home Collection' furniture and lifestyle project.

2010: The Company presents a new publishing adventure, mid way between a book and a magazine, called “Inventario – Everything is a project”.

2011: ADI XXII honourable mention for the Infinity installation. Inventario and Poldi Pezzoli Museum partnership

2012: Environmental Quality Certification UNI EN ISO 14001

2013: Thirty years on from the first collection of lamps, Foscarini opens two new venues in the cities which symbolize contemporary design: Milan and New York. These are not just simple showrooms, but rather locations that aim to be the spokesperson of the company's values of innovation and creativity, in which to tell stories and to transmit emotions.

2014: ADI XXIII Compasso d'Oro Award for Inventario ADI XXIII Honourable Mention for Aplomb, Behive, Binic, Colibrìand Magneto