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Giovanni Offredi

Born in Milan, Italy, in 1927, Giovanni Offredi is known today as a designer of furnishings who paid great attention to detail. Offredi was expansive in his artistic endeavors, partnering with the Italian electronics brand Ultravox in 1970 to design the forward-thinking Colibri combination FM radio and six-inch television screen. After his 1970s collection for Saporiti Italia Furniture, Offredi would collaborate on several luxury kitchen designs for Snaidero throughout the 1980s. A dining table produced in 1969 made of lacquered bentwood is on display at the Museum of Modern Art in New York; Offredi’s work is also exhibited at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. In addition to being a member of the Italian Association for Industrial Design from 1973 to 1990, Offredi was also the recipient of an SMAU Innovation award and two Domus Formica awards, and he was nominated for a Golden Compass award. His mid-century modern pieces reveal a passion for precision and a complex understanding of proportion and size that would earn them representation in the collections of world-class museums. Offredi's works include the best-selling Onda (Wave) sofa for Saporiti, first introduced in 1974, which features exquisite curves and the highest quality leathers, steel, chrome and upholstery. Its modern appearance is representative of the designer’s work as a whole. Other Offredi creations are equally dynamic: his Paracarro collection from 1970 features statement-making dining tables crafted from sleek glass, steel beams and rugged concrete bases. He passed away in 2007, but his work lives on in the hearts and homes of collectors who appreciate the unique beauty he brought to Italian furniture.