Italian furniture designer and manufacturer
Saporiti Italia (established in 1950) was an innovative Italian furniture design studio and manufacturing company during 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.
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 craftsmanship. The company was greatly inspired by the Scandinavian masters of the time, who had achieved remarkable balance in their furnishing designs by delivering durable modern furnishings. From the start, Saporiti insisted on executing designs with expert craftsmanship and acute appreciation for the modern Italian aesthetic sensibility that would result in deeply contemporary, yet durable designs and furnishings. read more
This idea further blossomed when Saporiti entered into an enduring collaboration with architect and designer Alberto Rosselli in 1965. Their partnership produced furniture with unique personality and quality 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 1970, Saporiti started to collaborate with Italian furniture designer Giovanni Freddi, a partnership that would last until the late 70s and that resulted in furniture designs such as the Pancarro table (1970), made of a simple cylindrical concrete base with a cross metal section on the top and a glass top; the Sail chair (1973); and the Wave sofa and lounge chair (1975).
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.
For additional information on Saporiti, please visit the following:
“History.” Saporiti Italia.
“Saporiti Italian/Studio Daniel Libeskind: una collaborazione creativa.” Archimagazine.
Last updated: July 16, 2020
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