Since its opening, Galleria Michela Cattai has focused on the study, research and selection of works of Modern and Contemporary Art and Design by some of the most important artists and designers of the twentieth century and brought them together under one roof.

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Carlo Bugatti


Carlo Bugatti was a decorator, architect, designer and producer of furniture. Son of Giovanni Luigi Bugatti, a specialist of internal decorations, Carlo Bugatti was among one of the first professionals to bring a new style of art furniture, more simple and modern than previous styles. He studied at the Accademia di Brera in Milan and at the Académie des Beaux Arts in Paris, following in the footsteps of his father as an apprentice as well as an architect. In 1880 he started to manufacture furniture in Milan, later transferring to France. Towards the end of the 1880s, he was a great success all over Italy. A moment of true consecration was an exhibition of decorative art in Turin in 1902. He moved to Paris in 1904 where he opened a workshop and started designing jewelry as well as furniture. His style was exotic, oriental and of a Japanese style. Nevertheless, the research of shape always remained the most driving factor.  He moved to Pierrefonds  in 1910 where he estabished an atelier. From 1916, Carlo Bugatti produced less, but his personality remained influential. Father of sculptor Rembrandt Bugatti and automobile manufacturer Ettore Bugatti, died 31st March 1940 in Molsheim, France.