Its business activities started in the 1930s with a craft firm, Molteni, which started to expand in the 1950s, opting for mechanisation with a view to industrial production.
In the 1970s, it split into three companies as a result of its size and to better respond to the needs of the market. It comprises three companies, each one a leader in its own sector: Molteni & C Spa (home furnishings), Unifor Spa (office furnishings) and Dada Spa (kitchens).
Today, the Molteni Group is one of the few with an integral manufacturing cycle: it has total control of its production, from the choice of materials to the final definition of the piece. The three companies have developed an extensive synergy in terms of technology, research and the exploration of new types adapted to the changes in course in the home and workplace.
The Molteni group has always worked with first-rate designers such as Pier Luigi Cerri, Michele De Lucchi, Rodolfo Dordoni, Foster & Partners, Ferruccio Laviani, Luca Meda, Jean Nouvel, Pagani e Perversi, Bruno Reichlin, Aldo Rossi, Afra and Tobia Scarpa, Gerard Van den Berg, Hannes Wettstein, Patricia Urquiola and Paola Navone.
Molteni is also active in major contracts such as hotels, museums, ships, shop chains, hospitals and theatres. Recent examples include furnishings for the Walt Disney cruise ships built by Fincantieri, furnishings for the Cartier chain of boutiques all over the world and for the Cartier Foundation in Paris, the interiors for the La Fenice theatre in Venice and the furnishings for public areas on the cruise ships of the Holland America Line and P&O North Sea Ferries.

At the Milan International Furniture Fair 2005 Molteni & C presents the following products.

First of all, Ferruccio Laviani's original conception of a sofa system, Hi-Bridge. Consisting of skilfully combined elements, it gives life to an array of solutions: sofa, chaise longue and end units are the key components of the system. With an original "bridge" shape, they can be combined through asymmetrical joints. A particular pouf and cushions of various sizes complete this highly innovative project.

Ferruccio Laviani has added a comfortable armchair, Hi-Cove, to the project. With a swivelling base made of bright steel, it expresses total autonomy thanks to the joining of two sinuous curves that meet to form a welcoming and comfortable chair. A contemporary creation typical of the "modern" tradition.

The Alfa chair of clear-cut proportions, by Zed, born out of the combination of just two pieces: one is the back that continues down into the back legs; the other is the seat, complete with front legs. Alfa adopts an innovatory construction material: SMC, a composite polyester-resin material reinforced with fibreglass. Alfa can also be covered with leather.

The sofa, Lido, which is classic and balanced in its proportions, soft and comfortable in its seating but rigorous and modern in detail. The side design is characterized by dynamic slanted lines and by the shape of the support which highlights its personality.

Patricia Urquiola has designed an interesting family of seats, Glove, with metal frames completely upholstered in microfibre, fabric or leather. An essential chair with soft and barely discernable curves, and an armchair of original design with generous curves.

Rodolfo Dordoni has designed an upholstered armchair, Lyz, with an enveloping structure and lifted seating. It is ideal to enjoy sitting comfortably around a dinner table where elegance does not clash with comfort.

Francine, by Studio F&L, is an elegant armchair with a classic, straightforward line. Thanks to its simple design, it can be placed in any home environment, from the living room to the bedroom.

Always by Studio F&L, a chair Clipper distinguished by the relationship between the high, padded seat and the enveloping wooden back, which extends down to form the back leg. Solid oak structure in Molteni wood colours and shaped, differentiated polyurethane seat with fully removable covers in all fabric/leather types.

Domino; a system of coffee tables designed by Nicola Gallizia. The base is composed of two C-shaped metal units oriented in an asymmetric cross, with wood or glass top. Poufs of various sizes can be placed underneath and used as seats or tops.

The production realized by Molteni & C also includes the seat and the dormeuse Marais, the Odéon sofa and the Passy armchair - all projects by Paola Navone -, the Teatro and Milano chairs - by Aldo Rossi, of which Teatro planned with to Luca Meda -, Less - the table by Jean Nouvel -, the Sigma chaise-longue - by Hannes Wettstein -, the Diamond table - by Patricia Urquiola - and also the comfortable Reversi sofa - by Zed.

Molteni & C
Via Rossini 50
20034 Giussano (Milano) Italia
Tel. +39 0362 359.1
Fax +39 0362 354448

 INDEX 2005 

in cooperation with:
Martin Rance