Antonio Citterio (b. 1950), Italy. Antonio Citterio is a multi-disciplinary Italian architect, furniture designer and industrial designer who lives and works in Milan. Citterio graduated in architecture at the Politecnico di Milano and since 1972 has worked for many leading manufacturers such as Ansorg, B&B Italia, Flexform, Flos, Iittala, Hansgrohe, Inda, Sanitec Group, Kartell, Arclinea and Vitra. Maxalto, a B&B Italia brand, is designed and coordinated entirely by Antonio Citterio. Antonio Citterio currently works with prominent Italian and international firms such as Ansorg, Arclinea, Axor/Hansgrohe, Aubrilam, B&B Italia, Flexform, Flos, Fusital, Guzzini, Iittala, Inda, Kartell, Maxalto, Sanitec Group/Pozzi Ginori, Simon Urmet, Technogym, Tre Più and Vitra. He has also been engaged in architectural works dealing with construction projects and interiors both in Italy and abroad. He holds lectures and conferences all over the world and his work has been extensively exhibited and published. He has won many prizes, among which the prestigious Compasso d'Oro in 1987 and 1995. His products are part of the MoMA permanent collection and the Centre_Georges-Pompidou in Paris.
Antonio Citterio was born in the Italian city of Meda in 1950. He graduated in architecture from the Politecnico di Milano and opened his own studio in 1972, focusing mainly on industrial design. In 1999, Antonio Citterio and Patricia Viel formed 'Antonio Citterio and Partners' as a multidisciplinary office for architecture, industrial design and graphics. The firm develops projects for residential and commercial complexes and industrial facilities, plans the restructuring and conservation of public buildings, and produces interior designs for work areas, offices, showrooms and hotels. In addition to their further activities in the sector of corporate communications, image and identity, Citterio and Partners also design installation fixtures and graphics.
He has received numerous awards, including the Compasso d'Oro in 1987 and 1995. The product designs Mobil and Battista, which Citterio designed for Kartell, belong to the permanent collection of the New York Museum of Modern Art. Mobil, Battista, Dolly, Gastone and Oxo are part of the standing exhibition at the Centre Pompidou in Paris. Tools Citterio 2000, his tableware series for Iittala, is displayed in the permanent design exhibition at the Chicago Museum of Architecture and Design together with the Axor Citterio bath fixtures created for Hansgrohe.
In 2004, the Italian publishing house Electa issued a monograph entitled «Antonio Citterio Industrial Design». The English edition was produced by Phaidon Press. Another monographic work, written by Luigi Prestinenza Puglisi and published by Edilstampa under the title «Antonio Citterio», appeared in 2005. Antonio Citterio has served as a professor on the architectural faculty at the Università della Svizzera italiana since 2006. In January 2007, Citterio's design for a daycare facility in Verona for GlaxoSmithKline was nominated for the Mies van der Rohe Award by the jury and included together with 32 other projects in the accompanying catalogue and exhibition. In July of the same year, the Italian publisher Skira produced the monograph «Antonio Citterio: Architecture and Design». Also in 2007, Citterio was named 'Royal Designer for Industry' by the London-based Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures & Commerce. He is also a member of the Italian Design Council, which was established by the Italian Ministry for Culture. In 2009 the office received the 'US award Workplace: qualità e innovazione' from the magazine «US-ufficiostile» for the design of Ermenegildo Zegna's corporate headquarters.