Casati Gallery reopening at a new location

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Casati Gallery will be reopening in its new location at
1500 S Western Ave,
Chicago IL 60608.
Entrance from W 15th Place.
Street parking available on S Western Ave and/or at W 15th Place.

We invite you to come and visit starting September 26th, 2018.
Tuesday – Friday 11am – 6pm
Saturday by appointment.


Michela Cattai’s glass creations

Michela Cattai - Oceano - glass vases from the laguna collection

Michela Cattai – Oceano – glass vases from the Canneto Laguna collection

Michela Cattai - Canneto Screziati glass vase

Michela Cattai – Canneto Screziati glass vase

Michela Cattai moved from Milan to Venice in 1984, where she studied at the Academy of Fine Arts. She focused on studying glass, and her interest in glass as material combined with an appreciation for Italian design led her to research and experiment with (centuries old) Murano glass crafting traditions. Cattai eventually reinterpreted those crafting methods, which resulted in being selected to participate in a group exhibition (contemporary section) at the glass museum of Murano during her studies. Cattai has a deep knowledge and appreciation for glass as her medium. She is manipulating glass creating the most original and beautiful shapes and forms. Each piece is carefully crafted, one of a kind work of art.

Michela Cattai Studio


NOMAD St. Moritz 2018 – article by Silvia Anna Barrilà

“After a first edition in Munich last spring, the Nomadè fair landed in St. Moritz. The second edition of the event, a showcase for collectible design with 20 international galleries, was held from 8 to 11 February in the historic aristocratic residence Chesa Planta in Samedan. An exclusive event, by invitation, designed as an alternative to the traditional fair model – with hundreds of exhibitors and aseptic stands – in favor of a cozy environment, in which design objects and works of art are contextualized”.

click this link to read the full article

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First winter edition of NOMAD ST. MORITZ 2018


Casati Gallery is looking forward to welcoming you to the first winter edition of NOMAD St. Moritz from Thursday February 8th  to Sunday February 11th, 2018.

Casati Gallery and Michela Cattai are pleased to invite you to preview the new glasswork that illustrates the evolution of the “Canneto” collection that will be shown along with artwork by Fernanda Gomes, Francis Alÿs, Los Carpinteros from the Galerie Peter Kilchmann.

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FOG Design+Art 2018


Casati Gallery is pleased to announce our participation in the 2018 edition of FOG Design+Art fair.

Our presentation includes a selection of decorative art, ceramics, and historical and contemporary design (booth #310).
We will present works by the following artists: Fausto Melotti, Franco Albini, Pietro Chiesa, Gino Sarfatti, Vittoriano Viganò, Carol Rama, Paolo Icaro, Renato Bassoli, Nanni Valentini, Michela Cattai, Jonathan Nesci, Philippe Nigro and more.

We are proud to announce the presentation of Michela Cattai’s glass creations at the 2018 FOG fair. In addition a printed catalog will be presented during the fair.
Along with the selection of works by Michela Cattai, Casati Gallery will also exhibit the “Intravedo” sculpture by prominent Italian artist – Paolo Icaro.
While each artist’s vision and pieces are quite different both Michela Cattai and Paolo Icaro focus on shape and form, and both use glass as material in their creations: Cattai by manipulating, and Icaro by incorporating it.

The Preview Gala for FOG Design+Art opens on Wednesday, January 10th.
The fair will be open to the public Thursday, January 11th to Sunday, January 14th.

Festival Pavilion
Fort Mason Center
2 Marina Blvd
San Francisco, CA 94123

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Casati Gallery at EXPO CHICAGO 2017

Casati Gallery would like to thank you for visiting our booth at 2017 EXPO CHICAGO THE INTERNATIONAL EXPOSITION OF CONTEMPORARY & MODERN ART.

Casati Gallery's booth at EXPO CHICAGO 2017


The Venice glass week – 10-17 September, 2017

Michela Cattai - Oceano - glass vases


Michela Cattai – the artist Casati Gallery is collaborating with is going to present her glasswork at the Venetian glass week this year.
Find out more…

Photo courtesy of Michela Cattai





Casati Gallery is pleased to announce our participation in THE INTERNATIONAL EXPOSITION OF CONTEMPORARY & MODERN ART – EXPO CHICAGO 2017 (13-17 September).

We will present works by Franco Albini, Studio BBPR, Michele De Lucchi, Ignazio Gardella, Balthazar Korab, Clay Mahn, Jonathan Nesci, Philippe Nigro, Renzo Piano, Gio Ponti, Gino Sarfatti, Ettore Sottsass.


Design Miami/ Basel 2017


casati’s inaugural exhibit at design miami/ 2017 will feature the work of studio bbpr. the collaborative studio was an interdisciplinary group of architects, planners and designers founded in 1932 with an acronymic name of the four partners: gian luigi banfi, lodovico barbiano di belgiojoso, enrico peressutti, and ernesto nathan rogers.

the exhibition will include a collection of lighting and furniture from two private commissions in milan. the setting of the two residences was eclectic in nature. both commissions featured a combination of antiques coexisting with custom designs. the table designed by studio bbpr in c. 1951, features a solid oak base, veneered oak top that is lined in a green fabric. it encapsulates the essence of the minimal design language of the studio bbpr.

in honor of that spirit, casati gallery will present, in a booth designed by philippe nigro, rare seating by carlo bugatti, and vittorio viganò, lighting by gino sarfatti, with ceramics by fausto melotti, ettore sottsass, and renato bassoli. in addition, our contemporary program will feature new designs by philippe nigro, jonathan nesci and tapestries by laura letinsky & john paul morabito.

photo credit: Flavio Caddou



Enzo Mari Objects Featured in the Interview Magazine, Germany

Enzo Mari Objects Featured in Interview Magazine, Germany

Enzo Mari Objects Featured in Interview Magazine, Germany

The German edition of Interview Magazine recently published a curated selection of 1970’s design. The article compiles a list of pieces from the decade that are timeless beyond the confines of the dates of their creation and that visually stray from the cliche designs of their time. The assortment of objects included Enzo Mari’s salt shaker and pepper grinder for Danese, which is featured in Casati Gallery’s collection.


Saatchi Global Gallery Guide


Follow Casati Gallery on Saatchi Global Gallery Guide.
There you will find galleries, exhibitions, artists and artwork from around the world.


Our booth at the FOG Design+Art 2017

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Our booth at the FOG Design+Art fair 2017.


Casati Gallery presents vintage prints from Korab Image


Casati Gallery is pleased to announce the presentation of unique vintage prints from Korab Image, the archive of Hungarian-born photographer Balthazar Korab (1926-2013). Exhibited at FOG Design + Art 2017, these images chronicle the intimate dominative scale of the Florence flood of 1966.

This selection from Balthazar’s Italy portfolio introduces just one view of Balthazar’s 50-year long career. Unlike contemporaries Ezra Stoller and Julius Schulman, Balthazar was a practicing architect. He apprenticed with Le Corbusier, served as one of Eero Saarinen’s principal designers, and was personally invited by Frank Lloyd Wright to work at Taliesin. So trained, Balthazar spent a lifetime summoning drama from inert stone, stimulating our holistic awareness of the built environment.

As a refugee of World War II and Soviet-occupied Hungary, Balthazar had the great fortune to raise a family in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan while exploring the world. Yet rather than simply documenting architects’ works of art, Balthazar chose to interpret our built environment on behalf of its citizens, laborers and founders—never sacrificing truth for beauty in pursuit of the holistic image.


10 year anniversary of the Franco Albini Foundation

Franco Albini - Luisa - lounge chair

This year marks the 10 year anniversary of the Fondazione Franco Albini in Milan, Italy.

To celebrate their anniversary the Foundation organized a series of events under the slogan “The Sign. Between yesterday and tomorrow”.

One of the events is a competition to create a 10th anniversary logo. The winning logo design will accompany the existing one during the whole anniversary year, and ten best works will be exhibited at the Franco Albini Foundation for a year.

The Foundation is hoping to engage children, but also adults and institutions in the celebration of their birthday.



The FOG Design + Art fair 2017 opens one week from today!


Casati Gallery will participate in the 2017 edition of FOG Design + Art. Our presentation includes a diverse selection of decorative art, ceramics, architectural drawings, and historical and contemporary design.

Works by Italian ceramists Fausto Melotti, Nanni Valentini, and Leoncillo will be exhibited, as well as a collection of rare architectural drawings by Aldo Rossi, Andrea Branzi and Renzo Piano.
A collection of historical design will include pieces by Pagano and Levi Montalcini, with a focus on pre-war industrial design. Furniture and lighting designs by Gio Ponti, Franco Albini, Ico Parisi, Ignazio Gardella and Gino Sarfatti will be exhibited as well.
The contemporary design program of Casati Gallery will exclusively present the new limited edition collection of furniture and objects Philippe Nigro and Jonathan Nesci.

 A Preview Gala benefitting SFMOMA for FOG Design + Art will take place on Wednesday, January 11, from 4pm to 10pm. The fair will be open to the public beginning Thursday to Saturday from 11am to 7pm, and concluding Sunday 11am to 5pm. For further information please call our gallery at 312.421.9905.


The fourth annual edition of the FOG Design+Art Fair in San Francisco


The FOG fair is just around the corner.
Only one month from now (January 11th, 2017) the Casati gallery will be in San Francisco to participate in the FOG Design+Art exhibition.

We will be presenting a selection of important decorative art and furniture pieces, as well as ceramics by Fausto Melotti, Nanni Valentini, Leoncillo and other relevant Italian ceramists. In addition we will also showcase a collection of a rare architectural drawings by Aldo Rossi, Andrea Branzi and Renzo Piano.
For the historical program the Casati Gallery will present a collection of furniture pieces designed by Pagano and Levi Montalcini, with the emphasis on the pre-war industrial design and more known furniture and lighting pieces by Gio Ponti, Franco Albini, Ico Parisi, Ignazio Gardella and Gino Sarfatti.
Our contemporary program will include the new limited edition collection of furniture and objects designed exclusively for Casati gallery by Philippe Nigro and Jonathan Nesci.

Click here for more information about the 2017 FOG Design+Art fair.




Casati Gallery is moving

Casati Gallery is moving

After 13 years of being at the Fulton Market Street our gallery is moving to a new location.
It took us a week, with help from friends and moving company, to pack up our collection of lighting, furniture and decorative art.
We will keep you posted about Casati’s new location.  Meanwhile you can explore our website, Artsy pageFacebook and Instagram for updates and highlights.

“thank you” to all our friends and supporters!


The opening day at the EXPO CHICAGO 2016



Yesterday’s opening day at EXPO CHICAGO was a huge success!
Our booth attracted a lot of visitors. Our collaboration with Peter Kilchmann Gallery of Zurich, Switzerland proved to be interesting to the public.  People enjoyed our combination of art and design and we’ve received a lot of compliments.
Johathan Nesci’s pieces (dining table and stools/benches) and Philippe Nigro’s marble and lava stone benches were as popular as vintage pieces by Gio Ponti and Franco Albini.
Thank you for all your interest and if you still haven’t visited the INTERNATIONAL EXPOSITION OF CONTEMPORARY & MODERN ART at Navy Pier – there’s still time. See you there!

EXPO hours:
Friday–Saturday | 11:00am– 7:00pm
Sunday | 11:00am–6:00pm

photo credit: Agnieszka Koszyk


Our newest acquisition – just in time for EXPO!


We just acquired a few new pieces! Some of them are going to make it to EXPO CHICAGO, which opens tomorrow: vase by Fausto Melotti, chair by Giuseppe Pagano, and another chair by Giacomo Cometti.
Right now we are preparing our booth and everything is going smoothly and as planned. We can’t wait to see you at the Navy Pier! Make sure to visit us (booth #607), and in case you won’t be able to make it there personally, you can always visit our virtual booth on Artsy or our EXPO page.

Here are the links:
Casati’s virtual booth on Artsy
Casati’s EXPO page

General Admission
Friday–Saturday | 11:00am– 7:00pm
Sunday | 11:00am–6:00pm

VIP Preview
Thursday | 12:00pm–6:00pm
By Invitation Only



EXPO CHICAGO 2016 opens next week!


EXPO CHICAGO is just around the corner!
A week from today 140 galleries from around the world will present their artwork at EXPO CHICAGO – Casati gallery amongst them. We welcome you to come and visit our booth – #607. There will be a plenty of pieces, for art and design enthusiast, to choose from.
To learn more about the fifth International Exposition of Contemporary & Modern Art click here.
Get your ticket today!

General Admission
Friday–Saturday | 11:00am– 7:00pm
Sunday | 11:00am–6:00pm

VIP Preview
Thursday | 12:00pm–6:00pm
By Invitation Only

Casati gallery invites you to EXPO CHICAGO 2016!



One year ago, at the invitation of Tony Karmen, Casati gallery was pleased to participate in the 4th edition of Expo Chicago.  As part of our inaugural collection we presented a highly curated collection of contemporary, pre and post war design, fine art and artifacts.  With the overwhelmingly positive response to last years effort, Casati gallery is pleased to announce we will once again participate in Expo Chicago. This year, as part of our continued commitment to Italian design, we will present a select group of furniture by Levi Montalcini, Giuseppe Pagano, Franco Albini, Gio Ponti with lighting by Gino Sarfatti.

As part of our contemporary program, we will present “Métissage“ – a set of interlocking marble benches by Philippe Nigro along with a selection of pieces by Jonathan Nesci, who also designed this years booth.

“As a collector myself, I am a firm believer in exceptional fairs like Expo that are dedicated to the presentation of both design and fine art. As part of this shared commitment, we are excited to announce our collaboration with Peter Kilchmann Gallery of Zurich, Switzerland, who will present works by important contemporary artists such as Francis Alys, Fernanda Gomes, Los Carpinteros, Hernan Bas, David Renggli and John Coplans”. 

We look forward to exhibiting our art and design and we hope your visit with us and the myriad of other gallery at the Expo is rewarding experience.

Ugo Alfano Casati


Casati gallery on Artsy.net


Artsy is a great online resource of fine art and design. Artists, designers and galleries from all over the world publish items from their collections so you can browse, learn about and buy art.

Casati gallery has been an Artsy member since 2013. Recently we have expanded our online collection and added many more furniture, lighting and art pieces designed by more than a fifty different artists. Our online collection includes important historical decorative art and furniture pieces by iconic Italian designers such as: Gio Ponti, Franco Albini, Gino Sarfatti, Ignazio Gardella, Angelo Mangiarotti, Achille Castiglioni, Pietro Chiesa, and many more. We also showcase items created by contemporary designers, like Jonathan Nesci or Philippe Nigro.

Follow us on Artsy.net! We add more items to our collection each week!



glocal magazine feat. Philippe Nigro – our ‘métissage’ collection creator

p-nigro_newsBorn in Niece, France (1975), Philippe Nigro is a French designer. He has worked as a freelance designer since 1999, and also in collaboration with Michele De Lucchi. Alongside De Lucchi, Philippe Nigro created many design projects including furniture, lighting, interior design, architecture and scenography. In 2014 he was awarded Designer of the Year for the French furniture fair.

For Casati gallery he created a collection of marble benches called ‘métissage’, and decorative ‘market’ fruit baskets – all available at the gallery.

Polished brass, wood or marble baskets are an elegant addition to any interior.
The benches charm with the smoothness and curviness of lines, and unique materials from which they are created (marble, lava stone).

Find it on our website: bench, basket





‘Masters of the modern’


In the article from Financial Times (Interiors section) we read about three great Italian designers: Achille Castiglioni, Franco Albini and Vico Magistretti. Sheila Pierce, the author, writes “How the studios of Achille Castiglioni, Franco Albini and Vico Magistretti have preserved their work and continue to inspire”
read pdf article
via Financial Times



Wallpaper magazine features Jonathan Nesci’s candelabra ‘Milano’

wallpaper-magazine_april-2016_newsJonathan Nesci’s candelabra ‘Milano’, created for Casati Gallery is featured in this month’s Wallpaper* magazine. Made out of polished bronze and marble the candelabra combines simplicity and elegance.
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find in on our website


Casati – contemporary gallery


‘i lobo you’ brings you the latest news from the world of art. carefully selected content shows the best in architecture, arts and crafts, design furniture, photography and more.
here’s what iloboyou.com says about casati gallery.


Casati Gallery – Design Miami 2015

Casati Gallery comes back to Miami for another world famous design fair.
This time Ugo Alfano Casati presents us with beautiful designs by Attilio Colonello, Luigi Caccai Dominioni, Pietro Chiesa, Mauro Fabbro, Ignazio Gardella, Lazzarini & Pickering, Fausto Melotti, Philippe Nigro, Jonathan Nesci, Ico Parisi, Gio Ponti, David Salkin, and Nanni Valentini.
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Fausto Melotti Exhibition at Villa Paloma

The Nouveau Musée National de Monaco (NMNM) presents an exhibition dedicated to the polymorphous and multi-faceted work of one of Italy’s greatest artists of the interwar and postwar periods. It brings together about 20 metallic sculptures and more than 70 ceramic pieces.

July 9, 2015 – January 17, 2016
NMNM – Villa Paloma
56 boulevard du Jardin Exotique

“The recently opened exhibition centres on the elective affinities that, for a happy period, coupled Melotti’s genius with that of the visionary Ponti in the molten lead of Domus type (roughly between 1948 and 1968). It is a combined effort by Marie-Claude Beaud, director of the Nouveau Musée National de Monaco, curators Eva Fabbris and Cristiano Raimondi, Baukuh and Valter Scelsi (exhibition design), the Fondazione Fausto Melotti and the publisher Domus. Arranged in one of the two NMNM premises – the elegant Villa Paloma overlooking the waters of the French Riviera – it has found a fitting venue.”

via Domus Magazine


Casati Gallery at Design Miami 2014

Join us in Miami, December 3-7, 2014 to admire the finest designs by Ico Parisi, Gio Ponti, David Salkin, Jonathan Nesci, Pietro Chiesa, Ettore Sottsass, and many more – presented by Casati Gallery.
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via admagazine.fr


Elle Decor on Franco Albini


masters-of-the-modern_news“The rigorous refinement this midcentury Italian master brought to both buildings and furnishings is more appealing than ever.” Article by Tim McKeough

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Jonathan Nesci and the “100 variations” project at Columbus, Indiana


jonathan-nesci_100-variations-project_news_2The “100 Variations” project consists of a hundred mirror-polished tables designed by Jonathan Nesci, using the Golden Ratio grid. The tables are placed in the courtyard of Eliel Saarinen’s First Christian Church in Columbus, Indiana. Each and every table is arranged along the grid in a way that as a whole it establishes connection with the church building itself and the Golden Ratio. The tables reflect everything around and the view is extraordinary.

Read more and view images on archaizer.com and sightunseen.com


PIN-UP magazine about Luigi Caccia Dominioni



Excerpt from the article: “One of the earliest works to bring him fame was the iconic Radio Phonola 548, designed in collaboration with Livio and Pier Giacomo Castiglioni (older brother of the more well-known Achille) on the occasion of the Vll Triennale in Milan in 1940. Combining a novel technical solution, a strong chromatic statement, and rounded contours modeled in Bakelite, the Phonola 548, set a new standard for modern radio design in its clear insistence on the compactness of the object.

The same inflection of an easily recognizable typological image through a unique fusion of industrial production and refined craftsmanship, in this case responsive to ideas originating in the artistic avant-grades, is evident one of Caccia’ seminal works, the Sasso lamp of 1948. Integrating the organic form of a natural object trouve (a base made out of a polished river pebble) with the compact tectonic expression of the brass supporting rod and black enameled-metal reflector, the Sasso effectively unites natural and industrial elements at an intimate domestic scale. Since the metal reflector was taken directly from an actual Singer sewing-machine lamp, the pebble is not the only found element of the ensemble. Today Sasso lamps are extremely rare , and were originally demonstration and/or presentation pieces, symbols of the inventive spirit of Azucena itself – a fact which only enhances their aura was distinctive one-offs that take the form of highly crafted multiples  instead of objects of design in the conventional sense.”

read more via PIN-UP magazine


Casati Gallery at Design Miami 2013

Casati Gallery comes to Miami to showcase designs by famous artists such as Franco Albini, Pietro Chiesa, Fausto Melotti, and others.

Casati will be presenting collectible design along with 36 galleries from around the world.

Design Miami is a world famous design fair, which attracts the most influential designers, collectors, gallerists, curators and critics from around the world. Exhibitions include twentieth and twenty-first century furniture, lighting and objets d’art. It’s a perfect background for creating commercial opportunities and collaborations with designers.

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‘Modern Luxury Interiors’ Magazine features Casati Gallery in their Fall 2011 issue


interiors-magazine_ugo-alfano_news“In Fulton Market, Casati gallery stocks many of the finest (mostly) Milanese designs in the city…” (article by Amalie Drury, photo by Jim Newberry)

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“The Renegade” : Ugo Alfano Casati

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Article from the ‘Chicago Art Magazine’ by Kathryn Born

Chicago has always been a mid-century design Mecca thanks to an architectural history that has given savvy locals dealers a mother lode of vintage trappings to sell. Then Richard Wright opened his now internationally respected and market-making namesake West Loop auction house devoted to the period in 2000. It was hard to imagine room for anyone else…until Ugo Alfano Casati hit town. The Italian expatriate moved here from Paris to join his life-partner, and opened a namesake West Loop gallery to sell mid-century furnishings in 2003. But unlike his peers, Casati focuses on European merchandise, and has introduced us to a whole new class of drool-worthy pickings he unearths in Europe from Gio Ponti, Carlo Molino, Gae Aulenti, Achille Castiglioni, Carlo de Carli, Gianfranco Frattini, Angelo Mangiarotti (who is his own personal favorite) and more. And in the past year, he has added simpatico work by contemporary Italian designers to his oeuvre. “Naysayers told me it couldn’t ‘t be done, but I’m still here and have survived the downturn quite nicely,” laughs Casati. “I have a good loyal following locally, and sell all over the U.S and internationally too.” And soon he may be shipping U.S. pieces back to Europe, since he just added Chicago furniture designer Jonathan Nesci to his roster.

Casati’s love of home furnishings is understandable given his family background. “I grew up in Ethiopia, where we owned companies that produced art glass and wood for furniture manufacturers.” Post-university, he held marketing jobs in Paris with Bodum and Alessi respectively. When he decided to move to Chicago, “I thought I would start an e-commerce business, but everyone wanted to see the pieces in person, and touch them, so I opened a bricks and mortar gallery,” he says. And like Wright, Casati is also a market-maker. He mounted the first formal exhibition on the work of Angelo Mangiarotti in 2008, and published a monograph on the designer’s at that time (Angelo Mangiarotti Matter and Sense, $45).

read via chicagoartmagazine.com


Casati Gallery showing at PAD London – 2008 Berkley square

Casati Gallery is pleased to announce another commissioned work by Chicago based designer Jonathan Nesci.

Under the parameters of designing a bench that is equal parts sculpture and designed object, Medium Volume is a work of singular elements realized in limestone and galvanized steel. Each finely crafted piece is skewed at 7 degree angle on multiple planes. This unifying thread allows each element to harmoniously coexist, one of the next, perpetually in motion. However as opposites this relationship becomes more complex, highlighting the inherent tension between volumes both solid and void.

The resulting sliced areas of negative space only accentuate this tension and demonstrate the designers acute understanding of its use as a compositional elements.

Medium Volume is currently on exhibit at Pavillon Des Arts Et Du Design in Paris from Wednesday April 2nd to Sunday, April 6th and is available through Casati Gallery.