The history begins in the eighties and tells how the passion for the quality of Florentine textile manufacturing led to the creation of upholstered furniture, combining top quality with attention to detail and a vibrant and eternal image. During the last years, its main goal has been brand reinforcement and repositioning in the high end sector of the market.
Since 2008 the offer has been enlarged: besides sofas and armchairs a collection of accessories has been introduced. These accessories permit the realization of complete, elegant, sophisticated but also functional and cozy living rooms.
The result is an easy chic living where culture of furniture, heritage and functionality combine in a refined way.
In 2011 Arketipo, already well known for its excellent know-how, was acquired by Cattelan Italia, worldwide leader of furniture accessories. This is the beginning of a new era, which preserves the past values and guarantees the business evolution. Today Arketipo Firenze products are present in about 800 dealers mainly located in Italy, Austria, Switzerland, UK, France, Russia, Australia and Middle East. The presence in the US is also relevant and Hong Kong, Singapore and Taiwan markets are becoming more important.
Arne Vodder was a Danish furniture designer and a student of another influential Scandinavian designer Finn Juhl. In 1951, he opened his own studio with the architect Anton Borg. Vodder’s designs are timeless, modest and free of sharp edges. One of his notable sideboards combines natural rosewood with coloured panels and drawers shaped in a way to avoid the need for handles. Vodder worked with various manufacturers including Sibast Furniture in the 1950s, Fritz Hansen and Cadovius. In the 1960s, Vodder’s designs caught the eye of Jimmy Carter and his furniture reached the White House.
Axel Larsson was a Swedish interior architect and furniture designer. Larsson worked most of his career as a designer at the Swedish furniture factory Bodafors, where he started in 1925. There he developed several furniture series. Larsson also worked on many important interior design projects, such as the Gothenburg Concert Hall and Hotel Park Avenue.
Børge Mogensen was one of the most important Danish Modern furniture designers among his generation. His designs are simple, classical and highly functional. Mogensen started as a cabinetmaker in 1934 and later studied architecture at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts. He worked with Kaare Klint and continued his studies to develop domestic items that are customized for specific uses. Mogensen introduced the idea of building shelving units as part of a room, rather than buying and placing them in there. Mogensen was awarded many medals for his designs and his work has been featured in international exhibitions. Well-known furniture include: The Spokeback Sofa (1945).
Carl Malmsten was a Swedish furniture designer, architect and educator who founded Carl Malmsten Furniture Studies and Cappellagården, which offer courses in carpentry and cabinet making. Malmsten was inspired by Swedish culture and nature—the country manor and rustic styles, so he often used light colored wood and created beautiful harmonious furniture. He was opposed to functionalism and believed that his designs should reflect the traditional role of a home as an intimate place for people to gather and rest. Some of his well-known works include: Samsas sofa and easy chair, Samspel lounge set.
Fernando Fragua was born in Madrid in 1963. He graduated from the Madrid Complutense University with a degree in Fine Arts. Specializing in painting and sculpture, Fragua has received many awards, from which stand out the 2 Prize in the XV Painting Contest Eusebio Sempere or the Mention of Honor in the 2nd National Contest of Plastic Arts Villa de Brunete. Fragua has held solo exhibitions in the Milan Gallery of Madrid, the Alexandra Irigoyen Gallery, the Congress Hall and the Center of Modern Art of Madrid among many other places.
"In my work it has always been a constant to investigate new techniques, I believe that it is necessary to pick up everything new that can be translated into artistic language." - Fernando Fragua
Flavio Poli was an Italian ceramic artist, designer and a businessman. Poli was born in Chioggia, attended the Instituto d’Arte di Venezia and started working as a ceramics designer. In 1929 he switched to glass and designed for Libero Vitali’s I.V.A.M. Poli also collaborated with the Compagnia di Venezia e Murano. In 1934 he became the artistic director (and three years later a partner) of Barovier, Seguso & Ferro, which later became Seguso Vetri d’Arte. Together with Archimede Seguso, Poli was the author of grandiose lighting installations and of animals in massiccio glass shaped while hot, productions which represented a milestone in the development of Murano glass. In the years between 1950-1960, at the height of his artistic maturity, Poli designed a series of sommerso glass pieces in a Nordic style, which were awarded prestigious Compasso d’Oro prizes.
Gianfranco Frattini was an Italian architect and designer. He is a member of the generation that created the Italian design movement in the late 1950s through the 1960s. He graduated from Milan Polytechnic with a degree in Architecture in 1953 and joined Gio Ponti's studio. In 1954, thanks to Ponti, he began working with Cesare Cassina, who would always remain an important figurehead for him. Frattini was one of the founders of ADI and was involved in the management of the Triennale di Milano on several occasions. He opened his own design studio in Milan and worked with numerous companies in the field of furniture and lighting design including Bernini, Arteluce, Knoll and Artemide. Frattini won many professional awards and prizes, among them the prestigious Compasso d’Oro in 1956.
Hans-Agne Jakobsson was a Swedish furniture and lighting designer. Jakobsson apprenticed as a carpenter and studied architecture in Gothenburg. In 1951 he founded Hans-Agne Jakobsson AB, where he created lighting design, candlesticks and furniture. Jakobsson was influenced by Sweden’s shimmering lakes and dark woods that inspired him to experiment with different materials and to master the direction and color of light. Jakobsson’s lamp designs hide irritating glaring bulbs, making him famous for soft lighting.
Norwegian-born Henry Walter Klein was admitted to Frederiksberg Technical College in Denmark in 1949, where Finn Juhl was teaching at the time. Before that he earned degrees in mathematics and linguistics and worked as a cabinetmaker. After graduation, Klein returned to Norway, where he worked as an interior designer and developed a new method for manufacturing plastic furniture. He sold the patent to various furniture producers, including Fritz Hansen and Bramin. Klein’s designs are characterized by clean lines and organic details.
Ib Kofod-Larsen was a Danish architect and furniture designer, whose organic and minimalist designs have today become more desirable than ever. Kofod-Larsen worked for a British furniture manufacturer G-Plan and Faarup in Denmark and designed mainly for Swedish market during the 1950s and 1960s. His furniture is usually made of rosewood, teak and leather. Most sought-after designs include: Elizabeth chair, sofa and ottoman (1956), sideboards by Faarup, Penguin chair.
Illum Wikkelsø was a Danish cabinet maker, interior and furniture designer. He became an independent furniture designer in 1954 and received several awards for his work. Wikkelsø believed that furniture should be a delight to the eye, but also be solid and durable. He drew inspiration from the Danish landscape for his clean-lined and elegant designs.
Jaime Hayón is a Spanish artist-designer born in Madrid in 1974. He studied industrial design in Madrid and Paris. In 1997, Hayón joined Fabrica — the Benetton-funded design and communication academy in Italy, where he directed the design department until 2003. Since then, Hayón has been working on his projects in his own studio. He has created furniture for iconic danish company Fritz Hansen, Magis, Bisazza, B.D. Barcelona, Se London, Bernhardt Design, Ceccotti and Moooi. Hayón’s work has appeared in prestigious art and design publications worldwide and he has won numerous awards.
Johannes Andersen was a Danish furniture designer who started out as a skilled cabinet maker. When Andersen opened his own architectural workshop in the 1930s, Danish furniture had become highly regarded internationally. He designed various pieces for the Swedish furniture producer Trensum, among them coffee tables in rosewood and teak. Andersen experienced a great boom when the Danish working class began to thrive during the late 1950s and 1960s. His most sought-after designs include Capri sofa, chairs and coffee table series.
Josef Frank was born in Austria, but he fled Nazism for Sweden at the age of 50, where his work came to define Scandinavian modern design. Frank studied architecture at the Vienna University of Technology and later taught at the Vienna School of Arts. In Sweden, he started to work at Svenkt Tenn, where he produced over 2,000 furniture sketches and 160 textile designs. Frank was against puritanical modernist principles, so he developed his own style of modernism, which was freer, functional, more artistic and included nature’s colors and forms. In addition to his architectural projects, Frank was a painter and created furniture, wallpaper and carpet designs.
Kai Kristiansen’s furniture designs are classic representations of Danish mid-century modernism. Kristiansen studied at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts and practiced under Kaare Klint before opening his own workshop in 1955. His teak and rosewood chairs, desks and sideboards are characterized by clean lines, beauty and comfort. Kristiansen is famous for his FM wall-mounted shelving system and no.42 dining chairs.
MAD et LEN is a niche fragrance house based in southern France, founded in 2007 by Sandra Fuzier and Alexandre Piffaut. Their perfumes, candles and home fragrances are manufactured artisanally and made of organic distilled essential oils. Each piece is unique and hand-made from perfume to packaging. Mad et Len products are limited edition, so as to renew with the tradition of apothecary perfume and candles made on demand.
Currently not sold online, only available for purchase in the Nekonato Gallery store at Pº. del Gral. Martínez Campos, 45.
Manolo Valdés was born in Valencia on March 8, 1942. He entered the Escuela de Bellas Artes de San Carlos in 1957, where he studied two years. In 1964 he established the artists group Equipo Crónica with Joan Toledo and Rafael Solbes. He now lives and works between New York and Madrid.
Influenced by Velázquez, Rembrandt, Rubens, Matisse, Picasso and others, Valdés creates large works in which the lighting and colors express a sensation of tactility. His work is forceful and decorated with historical art symbols. Valdés creates paintings, monumental sculptures, etchings, and collages.
Manolo Valdés has been awarded many prizes and his works can be seen in numerous public and private collections including: Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao; Kunsmuseum, Berlin; Metropolitan Museum, New York; Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris; Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid; Museum of Modern Art, New York; Museo Contemporaneo de Arte international, Rufino Tamayo, Mexico City; Instituto Valenciano de Arte Moderno, Valencia.
Marcel Lajos Breuer is considered one of the masters of Modernism and a popular 20th Century architect and furniture designer. He was born in Hungary, but at the age of 18, Breuer moved to Weimar, Germany to study at a radical arts and crafts school of Bauhaus. Eventually, he became the school’s faculty member along with Wassily Kandinsky and Paul Klee, teaching architecture. In 1937, he was appointed as chairman of Harvard’s Graduate school of Design. Breuer was first recognized for inventing a bicycle-handlebar-inspired tubular steel furniture. Famous furniture designs include: Wassily chair (1925), Cesca chair (1928), Isokon Long Chair (1935-36).
Mario Bellini is an internationally renowned Italian architect and designer. In 1959, he graduated from the Milan Polytechnic and begun working as an architect. He has received the Golden Compass Award eight times, and other prestigious awards including the Medaglia D’Oro for his contribution to world’s design and architecture. In 1987, the New York Museum of Modern Art dedicated a personal respective to Bellini and he has 25 works in the museum’s permanent design collection. He has worked with manufacturers such as Cassina, B&B, Olivetti, Kartell and others. Well-known furniture designs: Cab chair and Break lounge chair.
Massimo Giacon (Padua, February 27, 1961) is an Italian illustrator and designer. His work ranges in various media, from comics to design, through to digital illustration, contemporary art and music. Collaborator of some historical Italian newspapers’ intellectual and underground comics. Among his characters, Zom-Boy for Baribal and Bogie for XL, the Republic magazine. About “The Pop Will Eat Himself” collection Giacon has said: “My toys are sick of us, as modern martyrs, suffer our corruption and our discomfort, and look at us mournfully from the leaves of my prints, from my drawings on paper, wondering what on earth has happened, and why things have gone so badly.”
Michael Thonet was a German-Austrian cabinet maker. He is renowned for the invention of bentwood furniture, which laid the groundwork for industrial production. Thonet first began experimenting with glued bentwood furniture in the 1830s. His success came in having light wood bent into graceful shapes by using hot steam to form the wood. This way he was able to design newly lightweight, elegant and comfortable furniture. In 1859, Thonet produced his famous coffee house chair Nr. 14 (today no. 214), which could be disassembled and thus produced in work-sharing processes and easily exported. Other designs: No. 1, Vienna chair, no. 209 and no. 247.
Mogens Hansen has produced handmade furniture in Denmark since 1961. The furniture manufacturer is known for its quality craftsmanship and excellent raw materials. Today Mognes Hansen furniture factory is based in Hasselager, Denmark where it continues the production and development of Danish furniture.
Based in the center of Madrid, Spain, Nekonato Gallery is a space specializing in furniture and decorative items selected for their harmony, elegance and uniqueness. We search every corner of the world for both new and older pieces that over time have increased their beauty and originality. While our main focus is on time-tested mid-twentieth century designs by masters of our time, we are passionate about organic and flowing shapes, without limiting ourselves on a particular style. The scope of our furniture ranges from Art Deco pieces to Scandinavian classics including select pieces of contemporary designs. Most of all, at Nekonato Gallery we believe in longevity — that things of quality have no fear of time.
Niels Otto Møller was a Danish cabinetmaker and designer and a strong representative for Danish Modern design. In 1944, Møller founded the J.L. Møller Møbelfabrik in Denmark where he produced all his high-quality and simple, yet timeless, furniture. He often worked with rosewood and teak, which brought out the elegant lines of his designs. His dining chairs are some of the most sought-after pieces today.
Omann Jun's Møbelfabrik A/S was founded in 1933 by Andreas Omann. The manufacturer was initially focusing on bedroom furniture and later on living rooms and shelving systems. It has always been a family owned business, and many of the company's products have also been designed by family members, such as Gunni Omann. The company is still active today.
Oscar Niemeyer was a Brazilian architect who is considered to be one of the key figures in the development of modern architecture. Niemeyer was best known for his design of civic buildings for Brasília, Brazil's capital in 1960, as well as his collaboration with other architects on the Headquarters of the United Nations in New York City. His exploration of the aesthetic possibilities of reinforced concrete was highly influential in the late 20th and early 21st centuries. Both lauded and criticized for being a "sculptor of monuments”, Niemeyer was hailed as a great artist and one of the greatest architects of his generation by his supporters. He said his architecture was strongly influenced by Le Corbusier, but in an interview, assured that this "didn't prevent his architecture from going in a different direction”.
Poul Henningsen was a Danish architect, designer and critic, often referred to as PH. In 1925, Henningsen designed the PH-lamp, which, by carefully analysing the reflection of light rays from the bulb, has a glare-free and uniform illumination. His other well-known lamp models include the PH Artichoke (designed in 1958), PH5 and PH Grand Piano, which is included in the New York Metropolitan Museum’s 20th-century design collection.
Romeo Rega was an Italian designer with a strong modernist influence during the 1970s. Rega was known for his elegant and inventive style. Working with Willy Rizzo & Gabriella Crespi, he was one of the Italian designers championing “Modernist Glam.” The double “R” Romeo Rega trademark was first used on New Years Eve 1969, symbolic of the turn to the 70s.
Santa & Cole is a small, independent and global publisher of well-designed products (mainly lamps) based in Belloch (Barcelona, Spain). We distribute and sell our products and services in over 70 countries worldwide, with a view to fostering the humanity of our civil coexistence.
Founded in 1985, Santa & Cole lives for industrial design – the art of studying everyday objects to achieve a better experience in the way we use them, which forces us to reflect upon our material culture. For decades our editors have been telling the weird from the wonderful, the truth from the fad, to produce a stable catalogue of good Indoor products (indoor lamps and furniture) and two of Outdoor products (Lighting and Urban Elements).
Svend Skipper was a Danish furniture manufacturer. In 1955, he founded Skippers Furniture, which has now been producing seating furniture for two generations. Some of his best known designs are the Model 91 “Papa Bear” lounge chair, designed in 1956, and the similar curved back wing chair with teak frame.
The unique success story of Thonet began with the work of master carpenter Michael Thonet (1796-1871), which established the transition from manual furniture production to industrial production. Michael Thonet succeeded in making the breakthrough to industrial production in 1859 in Vienna with chair No.14, for which the innovative technique of bending solid beech wood was used. The individual production steps were standardized and the division of labor concept was implemented for the ﬁrst time in furniture production.
Tubular steel furniture is the second constant in Thonet’s product line. In the 1930s, the company was the world’s largest producer of this innovative furniture, which was designed by a number of famous architects including Mart Stam, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe and Marcel Breuer. Today, the early tubular steel furniture designs are considered milestones in design history.
The family company has had its head ofﬁces in Frankenberg in the north of Hesse. Today, all bentwood and tubular steel classics as well as the contemporary collections are produced here in a facility with cuttingedge production equipment and a staff of workers with vast experience to draw upon. Thonet still develops innovative products that stand out due to their quality materials and timeless formal language and always take sustainability and durability under consideration.