A member of the modern movement and exponent of Rationalist style in Italy, Ignazio Gardella is upheld for his seminal work in architecture and design. Born in 1904 into a family of architects in Milan, Gardella became an active participant in the post war reconstruction and city planning of his home city. Though known for his work in establishing Italian Rationalism exemplified in notable structures such as the Dispensario Antitubercolare di Alessandria, Gardella diverted his focus to co-founding the design agency Azucena in 1947 with fellow architects Luigi Caccia Dominioni and Corrado Corradi Dell’Acqua.
From its inception, Azucena’s products became highly sought after for its elegantly distinct aesthetics and superior manufacturing quality. The product line featured brass chandeliers, sconces, and lamps that maintained classic composure with hints of modernity that still integrate seamlessly in today’s contemporary spaces.