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Mid-Century Modern Lighting: new collection of Mid Modern Floor and Table Lamps


Mid-Century Modern Lighting Design: an Italian passion. There is a whole new world behind the history of lighting and Italian lighting design. Italy produced some of the most acclaimed Italian lighting designs. Now you can enjoy some of these interesting designs through our website.

Designitalia Italian Modern is offering a  curated and refined collection of Mid Century lighting who has just arrived in our studio gallery. Rare and early editions of mid modern lighting mostly floor and table lamps, works by famous architects such as Ettore Sottsass, Gio Ponti, Gavina, Achille e Pier Giacomo Castiglioni, Vico Magistretti, Gal Aulenti, Paolo Rizzato, Max Ingrand and Gino Sarfatti, lamps produced by iconic mid modern light companies such as Stilnovo, Fontana Arte, Venini, Arredoluce and more. A truly unmatched selection, rare and untouched collector pieces. 



These a true pieces of art are resistant to the passing of time, they are able to modify the space around them through their geometry and light sources. Gino Sarfatti one of the biggest lighting designer of all times, designed more than 600 lamps. He retired before the lighting design boom of the 80s, but his retirement did not prevent him to become one of the most revered lighting designer of all times. He was the first one to bend the light, to flex the lamps toward the people so they can meet halfway through, an excellent example was the   Mod 607 lamp.


Our 20th Century lighting collection mostly focuses on unique floor lamps and table lamps in their original conditions often sold at auction houses worldwide as true Mid Century modern lighting collector pieces. It’s not anymore about the light, its about its history and its social and cultural value. It is awareness of the importance of each piece, whether this be space age, post modern, or prewar. 


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Mid Century Italian modern design: Restoring Mid Century Italian furniture to its original beauty

Through our dedicated work and our continuous collaboration with a team of Italian restorers base in Northern Italy, we carefully restore each piece to bring it back to life again. Ready to fulfill your home.


A Message from our team of Italian restorers:

 “For over three generations our family has been restoring antique furniture as well as 'modernariato'- otherwise know as mid-century modern. To this day, we are still very passionate in our efforts to maintain the same standards of craftsmanship of the original manufacturers when restoring these little works of art. 

In our restoration projects we use no industrial machinery, almost all our tools are the very same ones used at the original time of manufacture and throughout the process we follow the original furniture makers' methodology- down to the final layer of varnishing and lacquering.

Although our pieces may appear 'new' after a restoration project, our paramount concern is to maintain the original integrity of the piece as dictated by the designer and manufacturer.  With the exception of  parts that are beyond repair and may impede every day use - locks, handles and padding- we substitute no parts. And, because we believe every piece has a history and a life story to tell, we leave the smallest imperfections to remind you. 

In the studio - Mid Century Italian design - Art deco Furniture - dining table 

In the studio - Mid Century Italian design - Art deco Furniture - dining table 

Art Deco armchair - restoration in progress

Art Deco armchair - restoration in progress


We outsource and import authentic Italian mid Century modern design, pieces from architects and designers such as Paolo Buffa, Osvaldo Bersani, Gio Ponti, Cini Boeri, Marco Zanuso, Franco Albini and many more. Mid Century Italian furniture restored in Italy and ready for your home. Collector pieces and one of a kind ones.

Mid Century Italian modern design: The world of Poltronova and the Saratoga Collection


Poltronova was founded by Sergio Cammilli in 1957 and its designs ranged from furniture to home accessories.   Immediately Mr Camilli brought a new mindset in the industry as he set out to create a furniture manufacturer that would leave its footprint in the history of  furniture design.  Starting with Ettore Sottsass Jr, who became his art director in 1958, Poltronova collaborated with a series of great architects and designers who teamed up to create truly one of a kind timeless pieces that are still considered design milestones in the  industry. These designers included Gae Aulenti, Giovanni Michelucci, Massimo Vignelli, Paolo Portoghesi, Ron Arad, Nigel Coates and many others.  In an effort to combine form and function and change the user experience, Poltronova also began to collaborate with famous artists such as Mario Ceroli,  Nespolo, Ruffi and Max Ernst and in so doing left its mark on the art scene.


The success of these design efforts is reflected in the multiple industry awards and publications the company has garnered over the years;  the Compasso d’Oro in 1957, the publication of the book Fare Mobili con Poltronova in 1970 coupled with the Smau prize in the same year and, finally,  the Top Ten prize in 1984.  Furthermore, Poltronova participated in numerous  landmark design exhibitis and events , such as “La Casa Abitata” in Florence in 1965, "Eurodomus 3" in Milan in 1970, and "Italy: The New Domestic Landscape" at Museum of Modern Art in New York in 1972.


Owning piece belonging to the Mid Century Italian Design era, in this case being a Poltronova signature piece, is like being part of modern Italian design’s history. Through the acquisition of Mid Century Italian furniture you will be thrown back to a creative time frame in Italy’s post war modern era. We are proud to present a few of the pieces from the designers that have contributed to the fame and success of Italian design.  

The complete living collection of Saratoga by Poltronova designed by Lella and Massimo Vignelli is now available. Contact us to purchase this rare collector set.

The complete living collection of Saratoga by Poltronova designed by Lella and Massimo Vignelli is now available. Contact us to purchase this rare collector set.


We specialize in authentic Mid Century Modern Italian design, with pieces by world acclaimed Italian architects and designers such as Gio Ponti, Paolo Buffa, Osvaldo Bersani, Marco Zanuso, Franco Albini and many more.