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Born from one man's passion for glass in 1973, Fiam became Vittorio Livi's dream come true and introduction into the fine work of furniture designing. From a young age, Livi appreciated the fine and complex qualities that came with using glass as a medium; solid and fragile, natural and artificial, ancient and industrial, glass was quite the mélange of seeming contradictions. With its vast potential, Livi's creative mind took his passion for such unique material and used it to drive Fiam's designs to develop and produce pieces through a mix of high quality craftsmanship and industrial processes.
Fiam sees a designer's willingness to take risks with shapes as a welcoming challenge to the technical expertise of the craftsman. Similarly to the designers, Fiam's craftsmen are considered important as each product is precisely crafted and finished at the hands of skilled individuals who are capable of predicting, quantifying, controlling, and finding the best alternatives to ever case. However, the aide of research and innovative technology is not without mention. With the assistance of state of the art machinery, glass can be further perfected and adjusted under the prowess of the master craftsman in order to make the vision of the designers come true and produce the fine products you see today.
The Bartoli Design team is comprised of Carlo, Paolo and Anna Bartoli, who today continue the project that was begun by Carlo Bartoli in 1960. Since its founding, the Design House has made its name from numerous collaborations with leading companies in the field of home furnishings, among them Arflex, Bonaldo, Confalonieri, Colombo Design, Enrico Pellizzoni, Fiam, International Office Concept, Jesse, Kartell, Segis, Skipper, Steelcase, Tisettanta and Ycami. The studio's research is dedicated to poetics based upon utility and balance. Both in the initial concepts for product and communication strategies as well as their development, Bartoli's work embraces the complete spectrum of design services and also develops projects in architecture, urban design, furniture and interior design.
In 2008, Bartoli Design received numerous awards, including the XXI Compasso d'Oro ADI award and the IF Award for Good Industrial Design for a design selected to appear on a series of Italian postage stamps entitled "Italian Design for a New Domestic Landscape". Carlo Bartoli has exhibited his work in Italy and abroad: at the Triennale Design Museum in Milan; the Victoria and Albert Museum in London; the Stadt Museum in Cologne, as well as in New York, Prague, Hong Kong, Athens, and Buenos Aires. The Gaia Armchair he designed for Arflex is included in the permanent design collections at the MOMA in New York and the Triennale Design Museum in Milan. The 4875 Chair designed for Kartell is on display as part of the design collection at the Pompidou Centre, the National Museum of Modern Art, in Paris.View other products by Bartoli Design