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Antonio Citterio

Born in Meda, Italy, in 1950. An internationally renowned designer and architect, Citterio has won many prizes including the Compasso d’Oro in 1987 and 1995. He has carried out a range of striking design and architecture commissions for companies like B&B Italia, Kartell and Vitra and his products are part of the MoMA permanent collection and the Centre de Pompidou in Paris.

Antonio Citterio studied architecture at the Milan Polytechnic. In 1972 he began work as a designer and consultant in the field of industrial design, before joining Terry Dwan as a partner at Studio Citterio/Dwan from 1987 96. He held a teaching position at the Domus Academy in Milan from 1990-92 and was an external examiner for the Furniture Design course at the Royal College of London from 1993-95, before becoming a docent at La Sapienza University in Rome in 1997. Together with Patricia Viel, he founded the multidisciplinary office Antonio Citterio and Partners in Milan in 1999, and from 1999 to 2002 he also taught on the architectural faculty at the Università della Svizzera Italiana. He resumed a position on the faculty of this university in 2006.

Among his most significant works: the restyling of a block in the historical centre of Seregno, Esprit headquarters in Amsterdam, Antwerp and Milan, industrial plants for Vitra, in Germany, and for Antonio Fusco, in Milan. Citterio's designs feature cutting-edge technology and materials and yet are timeless.