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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Ignazio Gardella


Ignazio Gardella is one of the Italian masters of architecture and a representative of the Modern Movement. Not only the architecture, but also his individual way of designing is done in a light and simple way. His furniture is modern, distinct and slender. In 1947 he founded the Azucena factory with Italian architect Luigi Caccia Dominioni, which produced furniture, lamps, and household furnishings. The production of prototypes and projects were undertaken by Tosi’ s sisters. Ignazio Gardella participated and later became a protagonist of the post-war manifestations of architecture and design. In 1951 at the Triennale in Milan he featured in an exhibition of the evolution of the Italian chairs from Ist Century A.D. to 1840 called ‘La sedia italiana nei secoli’. In 1954 his name appeared amongst other Italian designers who exhibited at the Altamira Gallery in New York. In 1956 he won a gold medal at the XI Triennale in Milano thanks to an extending table with a mahogany top and painted iron base which was designed for Azucena, produced and distributed by Simon. Ignazio Gardella died in Oleggio on 16th March 1999.