Italian furniture designer and manufacturer
Saporiti Italia (established in 1950) was one of Italy’s most innovative furniture design studios of the second half of the 20th century. Founded during the exploration for new aesthetics that characterized the postwar era, Saporiti’s pulse on the cultural shifts of this time allowed it to become highly successful. read more
Established in 1950 by Sergio Saporiti, the company instated a design aesthetic that stressed the need for furnishings that both spoke to the energy of the modern era and that would endured for generations thanks to their exceptional craftmanship. The company was greatly inspired by the Scandinavian masters of the time, who had achieved remarkable balance in their furnishing designs, and Saporiti aimed to capture the same brilliance in its Italian works. By pairing expert craftsmanship with an acute appreciation for the modern Italian aesthetic sensibility, the company ensured an almost immediate success at a time when clients sought deeply contemporary, yet durable designs.
This idea further blossomed when Saporiti entered into an enduring collaboration with architect and designer Alberto Rosselli in 1965. Their partnership produced masterful and uniquely modern pieces, such as the Jumbo chair (1968) and the Moby Dick chaise lounge (1969). These successes encouraged Saporiti to open several international showrooms in the 1970s, and to experiment with even more inventive forms, materials, and colors. Organic shapes, vibrant color, and unexpected combinations of patterns and textures made the Saporiti furniture designs of this time immediately recognizable.
In the 1980s, Saporiti launched a series of customizable furniture designs. An example from this period is Mauro Lipparini’s Avedon sofa, which offered a movable backrest that allowed users to easily change the seating configuration. Since then, Saporiti has maintained a relatively small number of design lines and has only sporadically added new designers, such as Daniel Libeskind. Today, Saporiti also offers design services to its clientele. Although the brand has evolved and adapted since it was first established, Saporiti has remained under the helm of the Saporiti family.
Last updated: January 15, 2019
For additional information on Saporiti, please visit the following:
“History.” Saporiti Italia.
“Saporiti Italian/Studio Daniel Libeskind: una collaborazione creativa.” Archimagazine.