We could start recounting the story of Martinelli Luce by saying that it was born in 1950, in a period buoyant with creative and constructive ferment. It was the post-war period; one where Italian homes lacked many objects and it was almost a mission for the designers of the time to create and manufacture aesthetically pleasing and functional objects. In this context, Elio Martinelli succeeded in distinguishing himself for his design approach that united the respect for rigorous and essential geometric forms with the respect for nature, from which he drew inspiration for surprisingly original lines and forms.
Through innovation, we tell about the passion for our work that perforce passes through the drive of change, of constantly demanding more from ourselves, of seeing through always different angles what to others seems like a fixed point, a steadfast security.
We believe in the essential, which for us means no frills or useless superfluity. The lines we design that shape and outline our products are minimal and maximum at the same time. It is not just a question of design: it is design concept and production philosophy.
We want to stimulate new points of view, inspiring, through our products, people’s curiosity and creativity, whether they be engineers, architects, dealers or private individuals. Have them see with new eyes what daily appears as ordinary.
Through these simple but for us priceless values, we remain faithful to the creative culture that pervades every project or product of ours.
Gae Aulenti, Sergio Asti, Richard Neutra, Studio Orlandini, Marc Sadler, Luc Ramael, Studio Lucchi & Biserni, Angelo Micheli, Karim Rashid, Massimo Farinatti, Paola Navone, Alfonso Femia e negli ultimi anni dei giovani talenti come Brian Sironi, Marco De Santi – Studio Natural, Studio 4P1B, Studio Habits, Adolini+Simonini Associati and more.
For a brand to be counted among those that have made the history of design, it must possess some special elements. A unique and unquestionable signature trait; that particular style that not only makes people happy and impassions them, but that also brings them to visit museums throughout the world. Products such as the Cobra lamp by Elio Martinelli or Ruspa and Pipistrello by Gae Aulenti have been or are today present in world-renowned museums such as, for example, New York’s MoMa and the Triennale di Milano. Another element is the number of recognitions obtained in the course of the years, assigned by authoritative international organizations.
Emiliana Martinelli, who heads the company for many years, joined by his son Marco, carries on the design inspired by the same principles of his father, but introduces new elements that are formal and technological Martinelli Luce to retain a significant position among the industries of the sector.