Antonio Citterio was born in 1950 in Meda, Italy. He opened his own office for industrial design in 1972. He completed his degree in Architecture at the Polytechnic University of Milan. He increasingly turned to building projects and interior architecture. Between 1987 and 1996, he collaborated with Terry Dawn to many buildings across Europe and Japan. Together with Patricia Viel, he founded "Citterio-Viel and Partner" an internationally operating, interdisciplinary active office with a focus on city planing, designing of residencial and commercial complexes and interior design for hotels and showrooms in 2000. From 2006 to 2016, Citterio taught architecture at the Italian-speaking Università della svizzera Italiana in Ticino (Switzerland).
When he was 18, Antonio Citterio designed furniture in his father's workshop. Product design for the home and public spaces always was one of his main fields of activity. Citterio designs his products with respect of the surrounding architecture and function. He works in collaboration with famous companies, such as Axor, B&B Italia, Flos, Hermès, Iittala, Kartell, Geberit and Vitra. He was awarded the important design prize, Compasso d'Oro, for his luxurious Sity Sofa for B&B Italia in 1987. The Mobil Container collection for Kartell was awarded the same prize in 1994.
When designing his light fixtures, Antonio Citterio gives the main importance to function in the room. Each single light is an aesthetically completed object with a beautiful shape. His Kelvin LED collection for Flos was awarded the Red Dot Design Award in 2011. To create this series' flat head, Citterio relied on the lamp's properties. Kelvin LED appeals with a minimalist elegance, technical perfection and scrupulous fonction.
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